Council Services - Christmas / Summer holidays
MidCoast Council provides essential services over the Christmas holiday period to ensure residents and holiday makers continue to enjoy our beautiful region.
All waste collections continue to operate as normal - but please put your bins out the night before - as collection times may vary. You can check bin collection days for your street here.
For emergencies, including water and sewerage service faults and emergencies, between 2pm Thursday 24 December until Monday 4 January, please call 7955 7777.
Our other non-essential services do have some closures over the Christmas break, especially between Thursday 24 December until Monday 4 January. Please see below for closure details:
Council Customer Service Centres
Council's offices will be closed from 2pm on Thursday 24 December.
Council's Administration and Customer Service Centre in Yalawanyi Ganya Taree will reopen on Thursday 7 January.
Our customer service point in Breese Parade, Forster will also reopen on Thursday 7 January.
Our Customer Service Centres in Gloucester, Stroud and Tea Gardens will reopen on Monday 4 January.
Service NSW and Department of Human Services Agencies (Gloucester Council office)
Service NSW Gloucester Agency will be closed from 2pm Thursday 24 December and will reopen on Monday 4 January. For information during this time visit service.nsw.gov.au.
The Department of Human Services Gloucester Agency will be closed from 2pm Thursday 24 December and will reopen on Monday 4 January. You can still use your myGov account to access your online accounts. You can also use Express Plus mobile apps (Centrelink, Medicare and Child Support) and phone self service during the holiday period. For more information visit humanservices.gov.au.
Landfills & recycling
All Landfills and Waste Transfer Stations in the MidCoast Council area will be closed on Friday 25 December.
Excess domestic recycling is accepted without charge at any of Council’s Landfills or Transfer Stations.
Visitor Information Centres
All Visitor Information Centres will be closed on Christmas Day.
Forster - Open 9am to 2pm on Boxing Day
Gloucester - Open 9am to 2pm on Boxing Day
Taree - Open 9am to 2pm on Boxing Day
For full operating hours call 1800 802 692.
All MidCoast Libraries will be closed from 2pm Thursday 24 December, reopening during normal branch hours from Monday 4 January. Check your normal branch hours here.
No returns will be required during the closure period.
Gloucester swimming pool will be closed on Christmas Day Friday 25 December.
District swimming pools at Krambach, Nabiac, Bulahdelah, Tea Gardens and Stroud remain closed to the general public, in line with COVID-19 restrictions.
Please check with YMCA operators for pools at Forster (Great Lakes Aquatic Centre), Taree (Manning Aquatic Leisure Centre) and Wingham Memorial Swimming Pool.
Manning Regional Art Gallery
The Gallery will be open during its regular opening hours throughout the holiday period, except for public holidays, it will be closed:
- Christmas Day - Friday 25 December
- Boxing Day - Saturday 26 December
- New Year's Day - Friday 1 January
Check the Gallery's opening hours here.
Manning Entertainment Centre
The MEC Main office and Box Office will be closed from Wednesday 23 December until Tuesday 5 January. Tickets available online at theMEC.com.au.
Our offices will be closed from 2pm on Thursday 24 December until 8.30am Monday 4 January.
If you have a non-urgent message during this time please call 1300 658 830 and leave a message on the answering machine. These messages will be checked on our return.
If there is an urgent matter relating to MidCoast Assist Disability Services from 2pm on 24 December to 4 January, you can call MidCoast Assist On Call Service on 0439 252 941.
If there is an urgent matter relating to MidCoast Assist Home Care Packages Services from 2pm on 24 December to 4 January, you can call MidCoast Assist On Call Service on 0437 657 065.
If there is an urgent matter relating to MidCoast Assist Active and Older Services from 2pm on 24 December to 4 January, you can call MidCoast Assist On Call Service on 0408 548 698.
Cemeteries - Burials
Restricted Burial Services will apply from 2pm Thursday 24 December up to and including Friday 8 January.
Services not before 12 noon on the available days listed below:
- Friday 25 December - No services - Christmas Day - Public Holiday
- Saturday 26 December - No services
- Monday 28 December - No services - Public Holiday
- Tuesday 29 December - PM services only
- Wednesday 30 December - PM services only
- Thursday 31 December - PM services only
- Friday 1 January - No services - New Year's Day
- Saturday 2 January - No services
- Monday 4 January - PM services only
- Tuesday 5 January - PM services only
- Wednesday 6 January - PM services only
- Thursday 7 January - PM services only
- Friday 8 January - PM services only
- Saturday 9 January - no services
Monday 11 January - Normal services resume.
Contact the ‘On-Call’ Cemetery Officer on 0427 104 798 for all arrangements over the holiday season PRIOR TO SUBMITTING BURIAL APPLICATIONS.
Notice Required for Grave Digging Requests - a minimum of 48 hours. However additional notice is greatly appreciated during this period to confirm arrangements.