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Update on COVID-19- The safety of our communities, customers and staff is our top priority. We are continuing to monitor daily developments in response to COVID-19. Find out the latest.

Changes to facilities and services

Last updated: 29 Nov 2021 1:29pm

Greater freedoms for fully vaccinated people

From Monday 11 October 2021, eased restrictions allow those who are fully vaccinated to have:

  • 10 visitors in your home
  • access gyms, indoor recreation and sporting facilities
  • group bookings of up to 20 people in hospitality settings.

From Saturday 13 November 2021, Raymond Terrace and Tomaree Library branches will resume Saturday opening hours between 9am to 12pm. Tilligerry Community Library will also be open from 1am to 12pm.

All premises will operate at 1 person per 4 sqm indoors and 1 person per 2 sqm outdoors.

Remember to:

These are critical measures to help stop the spread of COVID-19 in our community and everyone's actions will make a difference. Keep up to date with the latest information at nsw.gov.au.


Changes to our facilities and services

We're continuing to deliver services valued by our community while doing our bit to help stop the spread of COVID-19. We have COVID Safe plans in place for each of our facilities to ensure community safety.

Administration Building

Our Administration Building is open to the public. Our Customer Experience team are here to help you from 8:30am to 5pm Monday to Friday.

You can still access our services over the phone on 02 4988 0255 or email council@portstephens.nsw.gov.au. This will save you time, as well as keeping yourself and our staff safe.

Cemeteries

Cemeteries remain open. Please follow the public health order for funerals.

Childcare — Thrive Kids

Thrive Kids is still operating with an increased focus on health and hygiene. Please ensure you notify your childcare provider of any concerns you may have or if you or a family member are diagnosed or come into contact with someone suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19. As always, we ask that children who are unwell stay at home to recover and reduce the risk to others.

Council meetings

Council meetings are currently being held online – you can watch our webcast live.

The next Local Government Election in Port Stephens will take place on Saturday 4 December 2021. The NSW Government postponed the 2020 Local Government Election due to COVID-19.

DA Advice — Duty Counter

You can still contact us for DA advice over the phone on 02 4988 0255.

Events

Holiday Parks

Our Holiday Parks have reopened – find out more and make a booking.

Libraries

Port Stephens Library branches are open to those who are fully vaccinated under the public health order. It remains a condition of entry that all visitors to Port Stephens Library branches are required to show proof of vaccination, check in using the Service NSW app and wear a face mask.

  • Raymond Terrace and Tomaree Library opening hours are 9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday and 9am to 12pm, Saturday.
  • The Mobile Library has returned to its regular timetable.
  • Library branches will continue to offer Call & Collect and a limited Contactless Home Delivery Service. To take advantage, simply call the library to request a loan. Our staff will then select items for you and phone you to arrange a time for collection. Call Raymond Terrace and Mobile Library on 4988 0111 or call Tomaree Library on 4988 0670
  • The Stories in the Street program will continue as per our current contactless model.
  • Tilligerry Community Library opening hours are from 10am to 12pm, Monday to Saturday.

Recreation facilities

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Status-open

Aquatic and leisure centres
  • Lakeside Leisure Centre, Tomaree Aquatic Centre and Tilligerry Aquatic Centre have reopened to the community. Visit your local pool's website for opening times and restrictions.
  • The indoor swimming pool at Lakeside Aquatic Centre is open for recreational swimming only.
  • All visitors to pools will be required to be double vaccinated and follow current mask and physical distancing requirements under the public health order.
  • Learn to swim programs will resume at Lakeside and Tomaree on Monday 18 October 2021 with Tilligerry resuming on Monday 25 October 2021. This will provide staff and trainers with sufficient time to prepare for return to full business operations.

Status - open with conditions

BBQ facilities and picnic tablesUse with caution. Maintain physical distancing and follow the public health order.

Status-open

Beaches

Lifeguard and life saving services have resumed. Please follow the public health order and physical distancing rules.

Samurai Beach Campground is closed and there is no vehicle access to the campground. For National Park information, check the NSW NPWS webpage for updates.

Status-open

Boat rampsPort Stephens boat ramps are open to all users. Please practice physical distancing and abide by the public health order.

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Community centres and halls

Our community centres and halls are closed under the current public health order.

Status - open with conditions

Fenced dog parksUse with caution. Maintain physical distancing and follow the public health order.

Status - open with conditions

Outdoor fitness equipmentUse with caution. Wash your hands before and after use. Assume the person who used the equipment before you has the virus.

Status-open

Parks and reserves

Maintain physical distancing and follow the public health order. For National Park information, check the NSW NPWS webpage for updates.

Status - open with conditions

Playgrounds and play equipmentCheck in using the QR code if available. Use with caution. Wash your hands before and after use. Assume the person who used the equipment before you has the virus.

Status - open with conditions

Skate and BMX parksCheck in using the QR code if available. Use with caution. Wash your hands before and after use. Assume the person who used the equipment before you has the virus.

Status - open with conditions

Sporting venues

Open for informal exercise and sport provided users follow the public health order.

Street stalls

All Casual Street Stall approvals have been revoked and no further applications will be approved at this time.

Visitor Information Centre

Our Visitor Information Centre is open to those who are fully vaccinated under the public health order. Our friendly staff are also available to help on 1800 808 900.

Volunteers

Outdoor volunteers can now recommence if there is a COVID Safe plan in place. Hall volunteers can recommence from 18 October with COVID Safe plans in place if vaccination requirements are met under the public health order.

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