Dungog Shire is currently under NSW Health’s Stay at Home Orders in response to the emerging COVID-19 situation in the Hunter / Newcastle region.
This means you must stay at home, unless you have a reasonable excuse. Reasons for leaving your home can be found at on the NSW Government's website.
You must also wear a face mask whenever you leave your home, except when exercising. This rule applies to all of New South Wales.
A COVID-19 drive-through testing site is available at Dungog Bowling Club - 105 Abelard Street, Dungog.
The facility is currently open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, from 8am to 12pm ONLY.
Before attending the facility, residents will need to book an appointment time online: www.medtechservices.net.au/covid19-dungog. The facility welcomes people of all ages, including infants, with no referral required.
Council is also putting a number of measures in place to protect our community during this time. This includes:
- Council’s Customer Service and Service NSW Centre located in council’s Administration Building will be closed for face-to-face visitors. For anyone wishing to contact council during this time please do so via (02) 4995 7777 or email@example.com. Service NSW can be contacted at 13 77 88.
- Council’s Waste Management Facility will only be open by appointment for commercial operators or households which don’t have a kerbside collection service. These customers wishing to dispose of waste must contact 0429 470 352 to arrange an appointment beforehand. Kerbside waste collection services will continue unaffected.
- Dungog Library will be closed for face-to-face services, however books may be returned to the Library book chute. Library staff will be available for telephone enquiries during business hours on (02) 4992 1819.
- Council’s Visitor Information Centre (VIC) will be closed for face-to-face services. VIC staff will be available for telephone and email enquiries on (02) 4992 2212 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Community facilities including sporting reserves, community halls and non-essential public toilets will be closed. Brown Street, Dungog and Lioness Park amenities (including the disabled facility) will remain open within restricted hours.
- Public toilets at John Tucker Park at Paterson, Clarence Town School of Arts, Vacy Sportsground and Orana Park at Gresford will be open between sunrise and sunset.
- Planning and Development Application services will continue and Development Applications can still be submitted via the NSW Planning Portal. Face-to-face enquiries cannot be taken; however, customers can make enquiries through email@example.com and (02) 4995 7777.
- Council’s Building Surveyors, Development Compliance and Rangers will continue to carry out regular duties, provided they are able to maintain appropriate social distancing and masks will be worn at all times. This will also be subject to COVID safety plans on building sites, and other COVID safe requirements of the Public Health Orders.
- Council’s Environmental Health Officer will not be conducting internal inspections for food premises; however, other inspections services will continue to be provided, where social distancing requirements can be met and masks will be worn at all times.
- Council’s outdoor works program and facility maintenance will continue wherever permissible, providing social distancing requirements can be maintained, including the 1 person per 4-square metre rule on construction sites and masks will be worn at all times.
We thank everyone for your patience and cooperation and will continue to bring you updated information on this emerging situation.