A quick look at vital council services over the holidays

A quick glance at what's available when across the holiday period in the Hastings.

Council offices: All council offices will close Monday 2pm, December 24 and re-open 8.30am on Wednesday, January 2.

Libraries: Port Macquarie Library will close: Monday 2pm, December 24; Tuesday, December 25;  Wednesday, December 26; and Tuesday, January 1. Wauchope and Laurieton libraries will be closed on Monday, December 24 at 2pm and will re-open on Wednesday January 2. Phone: 6581 8755.

Garbage collection and tips: Domestic garbage collections will continue as normal. For missed garbage bin pick-ups, call JR Richards on1300 787 223 (closed on public holidays only).  There will be an extra recycling service during the Christmas holiday period. The extra pick-up will be available to residents between December 24 and January 4, allowing recycling bins to be put out weekly during this period.

Waste management facilities at Port Macquarie, Wauchope and Dunbogan will be closed on Christmas Day only. Cairncross is closed Sundays all year and on Christmas Day.

Visitor Information Centre: The Visitor Information Centre is closed on Christmas Day. The centre will open from 9am until 5.30pm on weekdays and 9am until 4pm on weekends and public holidays.  For more information contact the Visitor Information Centre on 6581 8000 or 1300 303 155.

Night Rider: The Night Rider bus service will operate until January 16.  For more information visit www.pmhc.nsw.gov.au/nightrider

Kerbside pick-up collections: There will be no kerbside pick-ups between Christmas and New Year. Kerbside pick-ups will restart January 7 and January 8. 

Water restrictions: The Hastings is on level one mandatory water conservation measures. Watering gardens and lawns is allowed on odds and evens days according to house number before 10am and after 4pm only.  No watering on the 31st of the month.

Airport: Qantaslink 13 13 13 and Virgin Australia 13 67 89.

Dog pound: Open Monday to Friday 9.30am until noon and 12.30pm until 4pm. Weekends and public holidays 9.30am until 11.30am.  Phone 6583 3488.

Vehicle beach access permits: Permits can be obtained from the following outlets: Greater Port Macquarie Visitor Information Centre; ARB 4X4 Accessories, 173 Lake Rd Port Macquarie and North Haven Takeaway and General Store, 73 The Parade, North Haven.

Emergencies: Call the after-hours emergency service on 6583 2225.

■ If you need a trades person, check out our Dial-A-Service or Service and Trade Directory over the Christmas break in the Port News or Express to find more than 50 businesses

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