Discoloured water and water-saving devices
We are aware some residents have been experiencing discoloured water as a result of increased levels of mineral manganese in some of our water catchments. We can assure the community that Council maintains disinfection levels in accordance with the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines and therefore, despite discolouration of the water it is perfectly suitable for handwashing.
Our water-saving devices focus on reducing the flow rate and pressure at water taps to discourage overuse of water. These taps continue to provide an adequate amount of water to perform a good hand-washing in accordance with NSW Health guidelines which recommends hand washing with soap and water for 20 seconds.
For more information on Water Services and Covid-19, download the Water Services Association of Australia’s fact sheet.
Remember to only flush the 3Ps!
With a shortage of toilet paper and people using alternatives, we want to remind you to only ever flush the three P's down your porcelain throne – poo, pee and paper.
Everything else needs to go in the appropriate bin - this includes tissues, nappies, paper towels and wipes, even if they are labelled 'flushable'.
Find out more about how you can help 'Save our sewers'.
The NSW Government can provide up-to-date information to our community through the Service NSW hotline - 13 77 88 and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
You can also learn more about protective measures against coronavirus from the World Health Organization.
Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade is also updating the Smartraveller website every day.
We provide regular updates to our community, including information about service disruptions.
There are a range of things you can do to reduce risk to yourself and those around you during this time.
- Follow basic hygiene principles
- Clean your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds, or an alcohol-based hand rub
- Cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing with tissue or a flexed elbow.
- Isolate yourself at home if you feel unwell or have recently travelled through high-risk countries.
- Avoid going out, except for essential errands.
- Work from home, if your employer permits it.
- Practice social distancing, remaining at least 1.5m from other people and avoiding physical contact.
- If you have further questions call your doctor or healthdirect on 1800 022 222.
Council is part of the Central Coast COVID-19 Economic Task Force which has set up a central information portal for local businesses to find relevant information and available support (including assistance from Government agencies), plus the ability to submit questions.
Yes. If you are a professional personal trainer you still need a licence and must maintaining a distance of 1.5 metres from others at all times. Public gatherings must not exceed 10 people.
No, dog parks are not closed. You are still permitted to use dog parks providing this is done so within the Government restrictions and social distancing measures currently in place.
Central Coast Council and Surf Life Saving Central Coast removed red and yellow flags from Central Coast beaches on Wednesday 25 March to discourage people from swimming and attending beaches, and to adhere to Government restrictions in place. At this stage beaches have not been officially closed but social distancing measures are in place and activities on all Central Coast beaches have bene restricted to exercise only including walking, running and surfing. These restrictions will be enforced by the Police.
Swimming is therefore not recommended. If visiting a Central Coast beach, please obey the signs.
Dog walking on designated dog friendly beaches is still permitted providing this is done so within the Government restrictions and social distancing measures currently in place. However, please keep in mind that not all Central Coast beaches allow dog walking, which will be displayed on the relevant signage. For information on dog friendly beaches, visit our Dog parks and beaches web page.
Lifeguard and surf life saving patrols are not currently in place at all 15 Central Coast beach locations, therefore swimmers are encouraged not to swim. Any swimmers do so at their own risk.
If there is an emergency, an emergency response team will operate within NSW and can be contacted by phoning 13 SURF.