COVID-19: Updates

Last updated: 29 July 2020   

Kiosk, playgrounds, walking trails, open spaces, shelters and barbecues at Blackbutt Reserve are open. The Boardwalk is now open to the public with strict one way flow of foot traffic and social distancing measures in place at the animal exhibits. This follows advice of the NSW Government and the easing of restrictions around outdoor gatherings and use of outdoor equipment.
Public programs, including animal feedings, remain suspended until further notice.  

As we continue to do all we can to further limit the transmission of COVID-19 in our communities, we urge people to use public space in a way that keeps everyone safe by:  

  • Practising social distancing (1.5m between people)  
  • Limiting gatherings in line with the Public Health Order   
  • Practising good handwashing hygiene  
  • Staying at home if you have the mildest symptoms   
OPEN CLOSED until further notice
Playgrounds Feeding talks
Walking trails  Reptile shows
Parks (open spaces)  Critter encounters 
Shelters and barbecues 
Wildlife exhibits

If you have been to Sydney, Victoria, or a COVID-19 case location identified by NSW Health in the past 14 days and you have a fever with a cough, sore throat, or  shortness of breath,  you should stay at home, self-isolate and get tested. Identified locations can be found at

We will provide regular updates on this page. Find out more on how Council is responding
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