City closes Blackbutt Reserve in response to catastrophic bushfire conditions

Unprecedented bushfires across NSW and a catastrophic fire warning for the Greater Hunter tomorrow has prompted City of Newcastle to close Blackbutt Reserve for the safety of its staff and the community.

An emergency plan of management has been coordinated to ensure that staff welfare and wildlife are prioritised during tomorrow’s closure, which is in line with NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service’s decision to close the State’s national parks north of the Hawkesbury River – including Glenrock State Conservation Area. The Fernleigh Track will also be closed.

Staff will be on site at Blackbutt Reserve to monitor the welfare of animals to ensure they are safe, hydrated and out of harm’s way.

The plan includes provisions for the safe relocation of animals to veterinary clinics where possible should their health deteriorate or if an emergency at Blackbutt Reserve arises.

City of Newcastle will reassess the situation first thing Wednesday morning in line with the NSW Rural Fire Service’s advice. A catastrophic fire warning is the highest level of bush fire danger rating available. Affected residents are advised to check warnings and put a plan of action in place.

For more information, please visit https://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/.

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