Find our outdoor ‘gems’!
With warm weather arriving, our outdoor areas are getting busy as locals and visitors flock to our beaches and well-known tourist attractions.
In a bid to avoid over-crowding at popular locations, why not take the opportunity to discover some of the Coast’s ‘hidden outdoor gems’?
We’re blessed with plenty of outdoor spots. A few ideas:
- many local parks and reserves have picnic tables, playgrounds, outdoor gyms or skateparks. To see where they are, search for ‘parks and playgrounds’ at centralcoast.nsw.gov.au
- ride a bike along one of our many cycleways
- take your dog for a walk around your neighbourhood
- kick a ball at a sportsground
- head bush to hike on a nature trail or to visit a scenic spot.
Whatever you do, please remember to follow safety rules to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. If an area appears crowded, either look for an alternative spot or come back later.
Online fun and learning
At the height of the COVID-19 crisis, we created the Coast Connect YouTube channel so we could continue bringing the community many of our popular events, including Library Storytimes, festivals and workshops.
We transformed a room at the Laycock St Theatre into a television studio, and invited guests and staff to come in and present the material they would usually share in face-to-face settings.
The channel has been very popular and we’re continuing to add content every week. Recent additions include:
- the story of waste – a videos series explaining what can and can’t go into your different bins and how to reduce waste in general
- extra kids’ storytimes
- wildlife show with the Australian Reptile Park
- the history of some of the popular musicals presented at Laycock St Theatre
- exercise and wellbeing videos
- environmental education and DIY workshops
- gardening and weed control
To see some of our great shows, visit centralcoast.nsw.gov.au/youtube
Reach out for support
It’s great news that there have been very few cases of COVID in NSW in recent weeks and that the community is moving to a ‘COVID normal’,
Community members are returning to many pre-COVID activities, with the addition of taking precautions such as social distancing, extra hygiene measures and some wearing masks.
However, some residents may feel anxious or distressed that there is even a small risk of catching the virus s they return to regular activities or have to use crowded public areas.
Others may be experiencing financial stress as Federal Government incentives such as JobKeeper begin to scale back.
If you have concerns about these or any other issue, we have put together a comprehensive list of phone numbers and websites where you can find information or someone to talk to.
Whether you’re seeking general mental health support, experiencing family or domestic violence, financial stress or needing physical assistance with food, search ‘COVID help’ at centralcoast.nsw.gov.au.