Blue-green algae bloom at Harrington Park Lake

Alert issued 19/10/2020 2:17pm

A blue-green algae bloom has been confirmed in Harrington Park Lake, Harrington Park.  

Monitoring undertaken by Council has identified the presence of a toxic species of algae at levels that present a health risk associated with contact with the water. Residents are advised human and animal contact with the water should be avoided, including drinking, fishing, swimming, boating and allowing pets to enter the water.

Algae is a natural part of the aquatic ecosystem with most species safe or non-toxic. However, blue-green algae produce toxins that can be damaging to humans, domestic animals and livestock that come in contact with the water.

In normal conditions, the blue-green algae exist in low numbers and are a part of a healthy ecosystem. However, under certain conditions, the algae can grow rapidly, producing an algal bloom.

Signage will be erected at locations around the Lake to advise visitors to avoid contact with the water.

It is not possible to predict how long the algae will remain at high levels. Council will continue fortnightly monitoring of the water quality of Harrington Park Lake and signage will remain in place until blue-green algae levels have reduced to a safe level.

For more information, or to ask any questions, contact Council’s Sustainability Team on 4654 7777 or

Latest Council update regarding COVID-19

Alert issued 15/10/2020 3:59pm

Water Play Spaces opening date

Our water play spaces will remain closed for now to ensure the safety of residents and visitors. We'll continue to monitor the situation and keep you updated.

Latest COVID-19 case locations

Visit here for the latest COVID-19 case locations in NSW, and what you need to do if you have visited these locations.

Services restored

Leisure Centres

Mount Annan Leisure Centre re-opened from Monday 22 June with the following restrictions:

  • Max 138 people on the gym floor
  • Max 20 people in a group fitness class

From Monday 13 July, Aquatic Memberships will be reactivated and the below will be available to patrons:

  • Indoor 25m pool
  • Leisure pool
  • Program pool

Please note that due to social distancing requirements, capacity in the 25m pool will be set to six people per lane. Unfortunately, due to ongoing maintenance work, the spa and steam room remain closed. 

From Monday 20 July, the Learn to Play program program will recommence at Mt Annan Leisure Centre. To ensure the safety of patrons and staff at this time:

  • Participants are encouraged to arrive dressed in clean clothes (not school or other work clothes) ready for the lesson
  • Lessons will be capped at maximum of 20 participants per court, in line with public health orders with participants spaced throughout
  • Hand sanitising and/or washing hands is required upon entry to the stadium, during classes and prior to leaving the stadium
  • No sharing of water bottles or equipment is permitted, each participant must have their own equipment to use
  • Certain skills will be excluded from the program that require excessive contact and will be replaced with drills and non-contact skills to maintain physical distancing where possible
  • Class duration will be slightly reduced to adhere to social distancing requirements and avoid cluster clashes. This will also enable adequate equipment cleaning time between classes.

Camden War Memorial Pool re-opened from Thursday 1 October. Bookings must be made before arriving here.


Oran Park, Narellan and Camden Libraries will have eased restrictions from Monday 29 June. The following measures will apply:

  • Maximum 40 people allowed in Oran Park and Narellan libraries and maximum 20 people allowed in Camden Library at  any one time;
  • 2hr visit limit;
  • Sign in and out required;
  • Single entry and exit points;
  • Closure of meeting rooms (study rooms to have 1 chair only);
  • Social distancing measures introduced for computer bays;
  • Extra study space set aside for students at Oran Park Library;
  • Reduced hours of operation on some days (see opening hours below for each library); and
  • No cash transactions or photocopying services.

In addition, Perspex safety screens have been installed at customer counters. PPE and training has been provided to Library staff. Antiseptic wipes and hand sanitiser will be available at each location and increased cleaning schedules have been introduced.

Opening Hours:

Oran Park Library

  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday - 9.30am-5pm
  • Tuesday and Thursday - 9.30am-6pm
  • Saturday  9am-noon

Narellan Library

  • Monday, Wednesday 9.30am-6pm
  • Tuesday, Thursday and Friday - 9.30am-5pm
  • Saturday  9am-noon

Camden Library

  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday - 9.30am-5pm
  • Tuesday and Thursday - 9.30am-6pm
  • Saturday 9am-noon

Camden Civic Centre

Camden Civic Centre will re-open as of Wednesday 1 July as a function centre with restrictions on the maximum number of users for each of the individual spaces. A range of COVID-safe measures will be in place for all events including:

  • Additional cleaning
  • Recording contact details of users
  • Changes to food preparation in line with COVID requirements
  • No buffet option– individual portions and table service only
  • Large events and functions considered on a case by case basis – must comply with a risk assessment and complete a declaration regarding the COVID measures in place

For further information on the restrictions on numbers please contact the Camden Civic Centre on 4655 8681.

Camden Bicentennial Equestrian Park 

The Camden Bicentennial Equestrian Park will be available for use by equestrian groups only from Wednesday 1 July with the following measures in place:

  • User groups to be responsible for capturing data of attendees and managing sanitisation and sterilisation of equipment and areas if in use
  • Club rooms to be reopened from 1 July

Oran Park Customer Service Hub

Council’s Customer Service Hub at Oran Park will be open to the public from Monday 15 June, with the following measures in place to keep the community safe:

  • A maximum of 16 people in the Customer Service Hub;
  • Customers must sign in upon entry;
  • Separate entry and exit doors;
  • Plexi-guard screens installed
  • Hand sanitiser and wipes available for customers and staff;
  • On-site cleaning undertaken throughout the day;
  • Maintaining of social distancing with signage in place; and
  • Customer Service Hub to be cash free.

Council’s Duty Planner will also be available at the front counter, however there will be no JP service. Off-site customer service hubs remain closed.

Community Facilities

The following community facilities will open for regular hirers only from Monday 15 June 2020, with no casual bookings to be taken to start with:

  • Birriwa Reserve Clubroom
  • Birriwa Reserve Community Hall
  • Catherine Field Community Hall
  • Currans Hill Community Hall
  • Gregory Hills Community Centre
  • Harrington Park Community Centre
  • Jack Nash Reserve Clubroom
  • Narellan Child, Family and Community Centre
  • Narellan Library Meeting Rooms
  • Sandown Room
  • Lakeside Room
  • Spring Farm Community Centre

To keep our staff and the community safe, the following measures will be put in place:

  • Application forms and supporting documents to be received via email only;
  • Attendance ratio to be outlined per facility based off square meterage of the facility and applying the 4m x 4m ratio;
  • Increased cleaning schedules introduced;
  • Staggered hire times introduced to minimise crossover of hirers in common areas;
  • Social distancing and personal  hygiene signage in place;
  • Record keeping and attendance sheets required for each facility; and
  • Schedule attendance for classes and training introduced.

Sports training

The NSW Office of Sport has released advice regarding sport in NSW, which you can view here.

Camden Council has approved the return to sport for residents immediately with a number of conditions in place.

Local sportsgrounds are open from Thursday 4 June for training purposes only, with the following measures in place to keep the community safe:

  • Adhere to social distancing (1.5m distance between others and 4m2  per person);
  • 40m2  allocation for groups of 10;
  • Arrive dressed and ready to train, play sport and leave immediately;
  • No gathering before and after sport;
  • No mixing of groups;
  • Spectators are not permitted. One parent/caregiver is permitted for supervision purposes and if feasible are encouraged to wait in their car/outside venue to avoid gatherings;
  • Detailed plans for number of groups permitted to train on fields (per facility) based on schedules for training obtained from the users;
  • Only toilets to open, no other facilities will be open to minimise contact;
  • Attendance sheets made available to the clubs and associations to ensure contact tracing; and
  • All facilities cleaned prior to re-opening.

Frequently Asked Questions regarding the return to training (PDF, 708KB)

Alan Baker Art Gallery

The Alan Baker Art Gallery will reopen from Thursday 4 June, with the following temporary measures:

  • Sign in and out required; and
  • Maximum 20 people allowed in the gallery at one time.

In addition, antiseptic wipes and hand sanitiser will be available at each location and increased cleaning schedules have been introduced.

Opening Hours:

  • Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday - 11am-4pm

Camden Visitor Information Centre

Camden Visitor Information Centre has re-opened from Monday 21 September.

Street stall bookings

Council is accepting street stall bookings from Thursday 1 October. Visit here to book.

Council has re-opened skateparks, BMX track, dog parks, tennis courts, public playgrounds, outdoor exercise equipment and public barbecues throughout the Camden area from Friday 15 May 2020. 

Residents are reminded to continue to follow social distancing guidelines, practice good handwashing hygiene and get tested for COVID-19, even if only showing mild symptoms.

$16.8 Million COVID-19 Support Package

Council has announced a $16.8 million support package for residents and local businesses suffering the shock of COVID-19.

The relief package will have three stages to be rolled out over the next six months. The information below contains the first two stages. Stage Three, or the recovery phase of the package, will be tailored in coming weeks, once the social and economic impacts of COVID-19 on the Camden community becomes clearer. It will include a mix of major projects, events and activations and grants and financial support mechanisms for business and community groups.

Service Impacts

In relation to service impacts, we continue to review these daily, with the following Council services currently impacted:

  • Bringing forward the seasonal closure of Curry Reserve Water Play Space from Tuesday 24 March 2020;
  • Suspension of JP services at Oran Park Administration Building from Tuesday 24 March 2020; and
  • Changes made to the operation of our animal holding facility which is now operating by appointment only.

Council meetings

Council meetings are being conducted via ZOOM. You can view live streams here. 

Extension of construction work days

Under the new NSW Government Environmental Planning and Assessment (COVID-19 Development - Construction Work Days) Order 2020, construction site work can be carried out on Saturday, Sunday or a public holiday. More information is available here.