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 Tuesday 24 December until Monday 6 January, please call 7955 7777.
Our other non-essential services do have some closures over the Christmas break, especially between Friday 20 December until Monday 6 January. Please see below for closure details:
Council's offices will be closed from 2pm on Tuesday 24 December and reopen on Monday 6 January.
Service NSW and Department of Human Services Agencies (Gloucester Council office)
Service NSW Gloucester Agency will be closed from 2pm Tuesday 24 December and will reopen on Monday 6 January. For information during this time visit service.nsw.gov.au.
The Department of Human Services Gloucester Agency will be closed from 2pm Tuesday 24 December and will reopen on Monday 6 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 Wednesday 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 - Closed on Boxing Day
Taree - Open 10am to 2pm on Boxing Day
For full operating hours call 1800 802 692.
All MidCoast Libraries will be closed from 2pm Tuesday 24 December, reopening as per normal branch hours from Monday 6 January. Check your normal branch hours here.
No returns will be required during the closure period.
Council swimming pools at Gloucester, Krambach, Nabiac, Bulahdelah, Tea Gardens, Tuncurry and Stroud will be closed:
- Christmas day only Wednesday 25 December.
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 as per its regular opening hours throughout the holiday period, except for public holidays, it will be closed:
- Christmas Day - Wednesday 25 December
- Boxing Day - Thursday 26 December
- New Year's Day - Wednesday 1 January
New opening hours for 2020:
- Tuesday to Saturday 10am - 5pm
- Sunday 1pm - 4pm
- Closed Mondays and public holidays
Check the Gallery's opening hours here.
Manning Entertainment Centre
The MEC Box Office will be closed from Wednesday 18 December until Tuesday 7 January. Tickets available online at theMEC.com.au or over the counter at Stockland Forster.
The MEC office will be closed from Friday 20 December until Tuesday 7 January.
Our offices will be closed from 2pm on Tuesday 24 December until 8.30am Monday 6 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 6 January, you can call MidCoast Assist On Call Service on 0439 252 941.
If there is an urgent matter relating to MidCoast Assist Ageing Services from 2pm on 24 December to 6 January, you can call MidCoast Assist On Call Service on 0408 548 698.
Cemeteries - Burials
Restricted Burial Services will apply from 2pm Tuesday 24 December up to and including Friday 3 January, as follows:
There will be no services from Tuesday 24 December - Thursday 26 December inclusive, as well as Saturday 28 December, Sunday 29 December, Tuesday 31 December and Wednesday 1 January.
Services not before 12 noon on the following dates:
- Friday 27 December
- Monday 30 December
- Thursday 2 January
- Friday 3 January
Normal services will resume on Monday 6 January.
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.