COVID-19: Updates

Last updated: 3 September 2020   

Kiosk, playgrounds, walking trails, open spaces, shelters and barbecues at Blackbutt Reserve are open. The wildlife exhibits are temporarily closed to the public due to urgent structural maintenance required on the boardwalk and in order to meet COVIDSafe requirements. In the meantime, you can say hello to the peacocks throughout Blackbutt Reserve, or get up close and personal with the emus and wallabies by purchasing a feeding cone from the kiosk.
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 any COVID-19 symptoms you should stay at home, self-isolate and get tested.

If you live in or have visited any of the NSW local government areas (LGAs) or suburbs listed on the NSW Government website in the past two weeks, get tested even if you have mild COVID-19 symptoms such as a runny nose or scratchy throat. 

If you have been to Victoria recently get tested even if you have mild COVID-19 symptoms such as a runny nose or scratchy throat.

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