Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Kempsey Shire Council response to the coronavirus

Updated 3 May 2022

This page provides the Kempsey Shire community with information about coronavirus (COVID-19). For the latest COVID-19 updates and resources, please visit the NSW Government website.

For the latest Council news, see Council news & updates.

Important update

Household and close contacts

If you live in a household with a positive COVID-19 case or you are a close contact, you no longer need to self-isolate if you do not have any symptoms, but you must follow NSW Health household and close contact guidelines for seven days from the last time someone in your household tested positive to COVID-19, or as otherwise directed by NSW Health if you are a close contact.

Testing positive to COVID-19

There are no changes to the advice for people who test positive to COVID-19. You must self-isolate for seven days from the date of your positive test and follow the testing positive to COVID-19 and managing COVID-19 safely at home advice.


COVID-19 testing

It is important to get tested if you develop any COVID-19 symptoms, no matter how mild.

For detailed information, see NSW Health Who should get a COVID-19 test? and Rapid antigen tests for the community.

See a list of local COVID-19 testing clinics.

Council services 

Customer Service 

  • The Customer Service team is available between 9am and 4:30pm Monday to Friday. Many services are available over the phone or online - see Contact us.
  • The outreach service that visits towns and villages across the shire every Wednesday has resumed - see Mobile Service Desk.

Waste services

  • Regular household three-bin kerbside collections continue as normal.
  • The Waste Management Centre on Crescent Head Road and the Waste Transfer Stations in South West Rocks, Stuarts Point and Bellbrook are open.
  • The Mobile Community Recycling Centre is operating - see the Mobile CRC Calendar.


Libraries are open with normal operating hours.

All library branches are offering a click-and-collect service. To access this, please visit Mid North Coast Library Service or use the Mid North Coast Library App.

Slim Dusty Centre

The Slim Dusty Centre is open on:

  • Tuesday to Saturday - 10am to 4pm
  • Sunday - 10am to 2pm.

It is closed on Mondays and public holidays.

Kempsey Visitor Information Centre

Located in the Slim Dusty Centre, the Kempsey Visitor Information Centre is open on:

  • Tuesday to Saturday - 10am to 4pm
  • Sunday - 10am to 2pm.

It is closed on Mondays and public holidays.

South West Rocks Visitor Information Centre

The South West Rocks Visitor Information Centre is open from 10am to 3pm daily.

Council meetings and public forums

For Council meeting information, see Council meetings, public forums and catch-ups.

Community engagement

Please visit Your Say Macleay for details of individual community engagement projects.

Connecting our community

Council has developed a page to connect services, groups, businesses and community members to the right information and available supports.

On the Connecting our community through COVID-19 page you can share the story of your coronavirus experience, read up on local projects that support the community, take our Business Impact Survey or browse links to online events.

People with disability

Make your own Emergency plan for COVID-19. This resource is in Easy Read format.

Aboriginal health resources

NSW Health provides a range of Aboriginal health resources. The Australian Government also publishes information about COVID-19 vaccination for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Support for business

For information on how Council can support your business, see COVID-19 support.