Community services move online amid COVID-19


Online story time and workout videos are two of the ways Port Stephens Council’s Library and Leisure Centres are adapting in the face of the coronavirus (COVID-19) to help keep the community connected.

Port Stephens Council Community Services Section Manager Tammy Gutsche says while it’s a challenging time for our community who now find themselves at home, a number of services are diversifying thanks to the internet.

“Due to the coronavirus pandemic, libraries and leisure centres across Australia are closed but now our residents will be able to access these services from the comfort of their home,” she said.

“Children’s Story Time and Read and Rhyme sessions will be filmed and shared on social media over the coming weeks.

“Sharing Story Time online will help provide some positive entertainment and perhaps even brighten the lives of our younger residents during this time.

“I’m sure the regulars at our children’s programs will be happy to see some familiar library faces on their screens,” she said.

“Members of our Aquatic and Leisure Centres will also be able to access online resources thanks to our partnership with Belgravia Leisure,” she added.

“Workout videos created by fitness professionals will help members who use our centres to stay healthy from the comfort of their own homes.

“We know this is a challenging time for our community, and we’re doing all we can to help our residents staying well and keep a positive outlook through all of this.”

Members of our Lakeside, Tilligerry and Tomaree Centres will be able to access the online resources free of charge by contacting Belgravia Leisure support to gain access.

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For more information on our Aquatic and Leisure Centres, visit

For more information about COVID-19 and our response, visit

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