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Helensburgh, Thirroul and Corrimal libraries close in the latest coronavirus precautionary measures

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PUBLIC libraries at Helensburgh, Thirroul and Corrimal will close until further notice in line with the latest precautionary measures to slow the path of the coronavirus.

Wollongong City Council, from close of business tomorrow, Tuesday March 24, will be making a series of changes to the way the public interact with services and facilities.

Council libraries and community facilities will close for business until further notice.

Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery thanked the community for their ongoing support and understanding of the measures Council is putting in place.

“I understand these are concerning and difficult times,’’ Cr Bradbery said.

“As a community we need to support each other and take appropriate steps to protect one another from this virus. That not only includes following social distancing measures, and the NSW Health’s guidelines for health and hygiene, but also making some difficult decisions about services.

“I appreciate some people may feel that the steps we’ve taken may seem extreme, but the decisions we’re making proactively are focussed on looking after the most vulnerable in our community. These steps are part of a broader focus for Council on ensuring we continue to deliver our core responsibilities and to meet our community’s expectations. And in Wollongong, caring for our community is something we’re all very good at.’’

The Council will be closing the following services to the public:

  • Wollongong City Council’s Administration Building.
  • Council’s Customer Service Centre. Online and over the phone service only.
  • libraries – online services will continue to be available through the Library’s website, and mobile library services will continue.
  • Wollongong Art Gallery.
  • Wollongong Youth Centre.
  • The indoor pool, gyms, spa and sauna and hall at Beaton Park and Lakeside Leisure Centres. Selected outdoor services and functions remain open.
  • All community facility buildings.
  • Wollongong Council’s Friday Men’s Shed
  • Volunteering Illawarra.

The following key services will remain open:

  • All outdoor pools with lifeguard services, including chlorinated pools, and the
  • Continental, Thirroul and Port Kembla saltwater pools.
  • Lifeguard services on all 17 patrolled beaches.
  • Wollongong Botanic Garden remains open. However, the Friends of the Botanic Garden program, and all public programs, are suspended until further notice.
  • Russell Vale Golf Course
  • Wollongong Memorial Gardens and Cemeteries
  • Wollongong Tourist Parks. However, the tourist parks offer reduced caravan and camping options with a focus on supporting those already using the facilities.

These changes come into effect from close of business tomorrow, Tuesday March 24.

Council staff will remain working at this time, to support ongoing service delivery.

There will be no changes to household waste collections and Wollongong Waste and Resource Recovery Park (Whyte’s Gully) will remain open. However, payment at the Park will be by card only. Cash will no longer be accepted.

Council’s Community Transport services will continue to support essential services, such as trips to attend medical appointments or shopping for necessities such as food.

Respite services for Carers will also continue. Advice will be provided directly to customers and volunteers, but customers can also contact Community Transport and Social Support teams to confirm service arrangements.

For more information visit Council’s Coronavirus page.


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A Sydney journalist, writer and historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in Australia for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides writing a number of history books, Mick has owned and managed several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), Sydney based, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW. He currently calls the inner-Sydney suburb of Surry Hills home.

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