Lake Mac libraries, pools and gallery close

Published on 23 March 2020

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From tonight, Council will close all four of its patrolled beaches, all six Swim Centres, all Council run Community Halls, Museum of Art and Culture (MAC), Swansea Centre, Visitor Information Centre and operate reduced services at Lake Mac Library branches across the City in response to tighter restrictions of non-essential services and to ensure the health and safety of Lake Macquarie residents.

Given the current advice from NSW Health, the closure of these facilities by Council are vital to help safeguard our community as we all work to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Lake Macquarie Mayor Cr Kay Fraser is urging the community to keep up-to-date and is asking residents to remain calm and mindful of others as the situation unfolds.

“Our libraries, pools and all our local facilities are valued assets for our community, however things are changing quite rapidly and Council has taken the decision to close or reduce services at these facilities to ensure the health and safety of our residents and staff.”

“The most important thing at the moment is for our community to follow NSW Health guidelines, not to panic and to remain calm,” Cr Fraser said.

Core Council services, such as waste collections, roadworks and maintenance, have not been impacted.

Council’s Director of Service Delivery John Ferguson is reassuring the community that Council is working proactively to manage its response to COVID-19.

“Above all else, the health and safety of our residents, customers and employees is our top priority and our decision is in line with current advice from Federal Government about the restriction of non-essential services.”

“Our beaches and pools will effectively close early for the summer season. This means there will be no lifeguard patrols provided at any of our beaches from this week. Our swim centres had already temporarily cancelled their programming and activities last week and this will come into full effect with the pools closing until next season,” added Mr Ferguson.

Cultural facilities around the City will also close their doors as of tomorrow including Museum of Art and Culture (MAC), Swansea Centre, the Visitor Information Centre and reduced services operating from Lake Mac Library branches. 

“Lake Mac Libraries has some incredible online resources available to the public, so while the doors are physically closing, the online doors are remaining open. I encourage the community to take a look at the Library’s new website and smartphone app, which launched recently.”

Lake Mac Libraries will continue to offer a broad range of digital programs, content and services online including a limited number of bookable computers for people to access the internet.

In addition, a Click and Collect service is available at Charlestown, Speers Point, Swansea and Toronto libraries, and a home delivery service is also available for senior library members only. 

For more information and to access Lake Mac Library online services visit library.lakemac.com.au

Council continues to take a proactive approach to keeping the Lake Macquarie community updated as the current situation progresses.

A dedicated web page has been published on Council’s website at lakemac.com.au/COVID-19 that has more information and helpful links to NSW Health and the Federal Department of Health.