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Russell Vale Golf Course closes due to pandemic

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Russell Vale Gold Course

WOLLONGONG City Council has today, Monday 30 March, closed Russell Vale Golf Club and the on-site pro shop.

The closure came into effect at 5pm today, and follows the Federal Government’s announcements last night which extended social distancing measures.

In addition to closing the golf course, Council has closed its play spaces, skateparks and outdoor fitness areas. Signage detailing the closures is being rolled out at the locations over the next 24 hours.

Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery thanked the community for their patience as Council put into place the new safety measures to protect against the spread of coronavirus.

“This is a challenging time and I encourage all of us to support each other and to adhere to the measures being announced by the Federal and State Governments,’’ he said.

“At Council we have plans in place to support our vulnerable community members, as well as the health, safety and wellbeing of our staff and volunteers, their families and our community. That’s why we proactively closed our public spaces like the libraries, art gallery, our supervised swimming pools and the golf course.

“It’s also why we immediately responded to the Federal Government’s advice and closed our play spaces and skateparks last night. We are taking this matter seriously, and I encourage everyone to follow the latest advice and to avoid going out unless essential. By taking these steps now and introducing these measures we are working to limit the scope of this virus and get back to normal life sooner.’’

While Council’s public-facing facilities are closed, its customer service team are available online and also on (02) 4227 7111 should people need support. The Council staff are also continuing to work to ensure essential services are delivered.

“Council and all those who work here are focussed on providing for their community at this challenging time,’’ Cr Bradbery said.

“I applaud their commitment and assure our community that while we may have changed some of the ways we work, we’re still here working to meet your expectations.’’

For more information on Council-related news on coronavirus visit its dedicated updates 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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