Kempsey Shire Council response to the coronavirus

Updated 19 October 2020

This page provides the Kempsey Shire community with relevant information regarding coronavirus (COVID-19). We will keep it updated as new information becomes available. For more information on COVID-19, including the latest updates, alerts and resources, please visit the NSW Health website 

Impact on Council services and events

Council is making every effort to reopen all services in line with changes to NSW Public Health Orders.

Public facilities

  • Customer Service Centre - Our Centre is operating with restricted opening hours of 10am - 2pm Monday to Friday. Customer Service staff are available online and by phone 6566 3200 during normal business hours
  • Sports fields - Council is working with all local sports clubs to revise bookings for training and competition in line with guidelines from regional and state associations. Organisations seeking to resume competition need to provide a Covid Safe Plan as part of their booking request. Contact the customer service team on 6566 3200 for further details.
  • Playgrounds, skate parks, public toilets, barbecues, showers and taps at recreation facilities have been returned to operational status. Use is restricted to groups of no more than 10 and social distancing and good hygiene should be followed. The following public toilets remain closed:
    • Stuarts Point Sports Fields - sports fields amenities will remain closed and only open during booked events
  • Community Halls - Our Community Halls are run by volunteers with each making independent decisions about their operations. At present our Halls are operating at various capacities. Anyone wishing to book a Hall or enquire about programs or activities is advised to contact the Hall committee directly. Contact details are available on the Community Halls page
  • Visitor Information Centres - The Visitor Information Centre at South Kempsey is open 10am - 3pm, 7 days a week. The South West Rocks Visitor Information Centre is open 10am - 3pm, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday - Sunday.

Kempsey Shire Library

  • Kempsey, Stuarts Point and South West Rocks libraries are open for all services subject to some restrictions. The branch at Hat Head remains closed. Restrictions include limitations on the number of people inside at once and time limits on some services.

    Use of the library is subject to strict enforcement of public health guidelines including social distancing and public hygiene. The opening hours are:
    • Kempsey: 10am-5:30pm Monday to Friday and 9am-noon Saturday.
    • South West Rocks: 10am-5pm (closed 1-2pm) Tuesday to Thursday. 9am-noon Saturday.
    • Stuarts Point: 10am-5pm (closed 1-2pm) Tuesday and Thursday. 9am-noon Saturday.
  • For further information visit the Library's website

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 have resumed full service
  • The ReUse shop at the Waste Management Centre is open with a maximum of 3 people in the shop at one time
  • No cash payments are being taken at waste management facilities, zero-touch options such as tap-to-pay must be used
  • The Community Recycling Centre trailer that visits towns and villages around the Shire has resumed
  • Customers must remain in vehicles at the weighbridge and abide by public health protocols including social distancing at all other times

Engagement events

Public community engagement events have been postponed indefinitely. Please check Council’s engagement site Your Say Macleay to provide input on Council actions and for information about online engagement sessions:

Postponed events

All Council events have been postponed indefinitely. Please check Council’s Facebook page and Hey Hey Macleay events site for updates on events:

Holiday Parks

Our five Macleay Valley Coast Holiday Parks have reopened. For more information visit:

Beaches

Council beaches are open and patrolled for the spring season. For more information visit:

Connecting our community

Council has developed a page to connect services, groups, businesses and community members to the right information and link you to supports that are available in the Macleay. On the Connecting our Community through COVID-19 page  you can share your story of your coronavirus experience, read up on local projects that support the community, take our Business Impact Survey, or browse the links to great online events, webinars, exercise classes, creative workshops.

Support for business

There is a comprehensive outline of how the Kempsey Shire Council can support your business:

Meetings and elections

Change to public forum and Council meeting - public gallery

The public forum and Council meeting public gallery attendance restrictions are being amended to ensure public health and social distancing best practice. The following restrictions will be implemented for the August meeting:

  • Maximum number of community members who can attend Council chambers is 19
  • Spots will be allocated on a ‘first come, first served’ basis
  • The building will remain closed until 15 minutes prior to start
  • All attendees must sit, no standing
  • All attendees must register at the door
  • All attendees must use the hand sanitiser at the door

Elections postponed

The New South Wales State Government has postponed Local Government Elections due to be held in September 2020 for 12 months. The elections will now be held in September 2021.

Kempsey Shire Council’s current Mayor and Councillors will continue to hold their civic offices until the rescheduled local government elections are held.

Further coronavirus information

For the latest information concerning coronavirus visit: