Council's information regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Our management team is monitoring the rapidly evolving developments in relation to Coronavirus (COVID-19) and decisions will be made regarding Council services based on information from Government, health authorities and other appropriate agencies.
Currently, we are looking to maintain a business as usual approach to the maximum extent possible while implementing simple hygiene and social distancing practices at our sites. This will, however, be modified if the level of risk to the community or staff changes.
A number of Council events and programs have been impacted. Changes to events, programming and facilities are set out below and have been made to ensure the health and safety of the community and our staff.
If you are visiting a Council facility, please ensure you practice social distancing. If you feel unwell, have returned from overseas in the past 14 days or have been in contact with a confirmed case of Coronavirus (COVID-19), please do not attend a Council site. Council can be contacted via live chat, phone on 02 4934 9700 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This page was last updated at 3.00pm Friday 3 April.
There are currently no changes to our residential waste services including kerbside collection and the operation of Mount Vincent Road Waste Management Centre. In addition, all street litter bins will continue to be collected and maintained as normal.
From Wednesday 25 March, Mount Vincent Waste Management Centre will no longer accept cash payments. This will minimise hand to hand contact and is for the safety of our people and the community.
The Waste Management Centre remains open 8.15am to 4.00pm every day (closed Good Friday and Christmas Day), for commercial waste and for Maitland City Council residents only with proof of residential address required for entry.
In addition, our Community Recycling Centre (CRC) located within the facility will only now accept steel, vegetation, timber, tyres and e-waste to protect our people and the community. Further information on what is no longer accepted at the CRC can be found on Council’s website.
In line with Government restrictions which limit travel for essential reasons only, residents are encouraged to not visit the Waste Facility and stay at home and stop the spread of COVID-19.
Council will be monitoring use of the Waste Management Centre and any further changes to opening hours or operations will be published on this page and residents should check for any changes before travelling to the Mt Vincent Road Facility.
It is advised that people remain home when not attending essential activities. However, open area recreational spaces currently remain accessible. If you are attending an outdoor area, please practice social distancing for your health and that of the wider community.
Please note that bootcamp and personal training sessions are currently limited to two people including the trainer and bookings are required for the use of Council parks and public spaces for these purposes. Click here for more information.
In line with a recommendation from Tennis NSW, all Council tennis courts, both leased and public, are currently closed until further notice.
In accordance with Australian Government the BMX Track located on Metford Road, Tenambit is currently closed until further notice.
In accordance with Australian Government advice all playgrounds, outside gyms and skate parks within the Maitland area are currently closed until further notice. Facilities affected are listed below.
- All parks with play equipment
- Maitland Park outdoor gym
- Norm Chapman Oval, Rutherford outdoor gym
- Wirraway Park, Thornton outdoor gym
- Harold Gregson Skate Park, Maitland
- Lawes Street Skate Park, East Maitland
- Largs Skate Park
- Metford Skate Park
- Thornton Skate Park
- Rutherford Skate Park
- Woodberry Skate Park
Council will be closing its Customer Service Centre located at 285-287 High Street, Maitland to the public from close of business 4.30pm Friday 3 April until further notice. In response to Government public health orders that restrict the gathering and movement of people to essential services, Council has recently seen a marked decrease in the number of people attending our Customer Services Centre. While the face to face service will close, our team are still working and there are a variety of other ways people can engage and transact with Council including via phone, live web chat, email and online through Council’s website.
For community members who have no other way to make a transaction with Council, appointments will be made available for transactions (please note we don’t accept cash) between the hours of 11.00am and 1.00pm every Wednesday. Appointments can be made by calling 4934 9700.
Maitland Visitor Information Centre will be closed from 2.00pm Wednesday 25 March until further notice. While travel is currently restricted, you can view more about Maitland online at www.mymaitland.com.au
All community centres will be closed from close of business on Wednesday 25 March 2020 until further notice.
Facilities affected include:
- Bruce Street Community Hall
- East Maitland Aquatic Centre
- East Maitland Library
- Maitland Aquatic Centre
- Maitland Gaol
- Maitland Library
- Maitland Senior Citizens Centre
- Maitland Town Hall
- Visitor Information Centre
- Metford Community Hall
- Morpeth Museum
- Morpeth School of the Arts
- Noel Unicomb Community Hall *
- Pat Hughes Community Centre#
- Rutherford Community Centre*^
- Rutherford Library
- Shamrock Hill Multi-Purpose Centre
- Tenambit Community Hall*
- Thornton Library
- Walka Water Works
*Maitland Neighbourhood Centre will continue to operate from these facilities. For more details click here.
#NSW Health Pathology Collection Centre will continue to operate from Pat Hughes Community Centre premises. Contact 02 4921 4067 for more information.
^ The Child and Family Health Nursing Services / Family Care Cottage will also continue to operate at Rutherford Community Centre. Contact 02 4932 9168 for more information.
Maitland libraries will be closed from Wednesday 25 March 2020 until further notice.
Maitland and East Maitland libraries will close at 7.00pm and Rutherford and Thornton libraries will close at 5.00pm.
You can visit the Maitland Library website where you will be able to access our digital resources, including eBooks, films, magazines and music.
Maitland and East Maitland Aquatic Centres will be closed from 7.00pm Wednesday 25 March 2020 until further notice. While closed, no programs will be running.
Information on program cancellations and future bookings is here.
Following a determination from the Federal Government regarding a four square metre per person requirement for indoor gatherings, we will not be able to accommodate a public gallery at Council Meetings until further notice. Councillors, necessary council staff, media and registered speakers in public access (limited if necessary) will be all that can be accommodated in the Council Chamber.
The upcoming series of Mobile Council Meetings including a meet and greet element has been cancelled. The first meet and greet was expected to be held at Town Hall on March 24. Council will look to reschedule this initiative into the future.
Taking into account the safety of the volunteer workforce and the public, Morpeth Museum will be temporarily closed until further notice. To explore more about Morpeth Museum online, go to morpethmuseum.com.au
Maitland Senior Citizens Centre will be temporarily closed from midday Friday 20 March 2020 until further notice.
|What is not going ahead||Date||Location|
|Octopod Workshop - Creative Streets Grants||25 March|
Postponed - will be delivered via live stream.
|Metford Recreation Reserve Community Art Project||9 April||Metford Recreation Reserve|
|Live at The Levee||April||The Levee|
|Mattress Muster||18 April (postponed)||Council Depot|
|Compost Giveaway||23 April||Beryl Humble Oval|
|DrumMuster Collection||29 May||Council Depot|
|Burton Automotive Hunter Valley Steamfest||18 & 19 April||Maitland Railway Precinct|
|Environmental Awareness Event||29 April (postponed)||Beryl Humble Oval|
|Street Eats||3 April||Victor Warby Reserve, Gillieston Heights|
All events and activities are subject to change.
Council staff who have arrived home from overseas as of midnight Sunday 15 March or have been in contact with someone who has coronavirus will be advised to self isolate for 14 days.
All employees have been reminded about good hygiene by covering coughs and sneezes, washing their hands thoroughly with soap and water, and using alcohol based hand sanitiser.
Our management team are keeping staff up to date as the situation evolves.
To ensure the health and safety of our staff and the community, Council facilities will not accept cash payments from Wednesday 25 March.