MidCoast beaches to close

Published on 07 April 2020


MidCoast Council will implement further closures to support NSW Police in their endeavours to stop non-essential outings, with all beaches in the region closed as of midnight Wednesday night until the end of the school holiday period.

This means no one can access any MidCoast Council controlled beaches across the region for any reason and the NSW Police will be out enforcing these closures.

“Anyone caught flouting these rules will risk being fined by Police,” explained Paul De Szell, Council’s Director of Liveable Communities.

“We know this will hit our community very hard, particularly with the school holidays coming, however it’s a necessary closure at this time - we need to protect our community and we do not know who will breach the Public Health Order and still travel to the area.”

The beach closures are the latest in a long list of Council managed sites and facilities that have had to be restricted to the public to help stop the spread of COVID19 locally.

These closures include the Manning Regional Art Gallery, the Manning Entertainment Centre, parks and playgrounds, ocean baths and tidal pools, public swimming pools including YMCAs, the Taree airport terminal and more.

“We have 84 managed access tracks across 16 beaches along our coastline and the message from the NSW Police, with our support, is that you can expect to be caught and fined if you try and get on to one of these beaches.”

For a full list of closures across the MidCoast head to Council’s website www.midcoast.nsw.gov.au/covid19

To find out more about the NSW Government’s Public Health (COVID-19 Restrictions on Gathering and Movement) Order 2020 go to https://www.legislation.nsw.gov.au