Project updates

We are continuing to improve the experience at Blackbutt Reserve for you and the wildlife that depend on it.

Major works currently in progress:

Boardwalk Improvements

To ensure quality and safety is maintained, we will be replacing timber elements along the Blackbutt Reserve boardwalk which flows through the reserve and offers people a truly unique experience. This project will also include replacing timber support frames at the koala enclosure. There will be minor disruptions during the week but the boardwalk will be fully operational on the weekends from the week commencing Monday 22 November 2021. Weather permitting, the works are expected to be completed before the end of the year.

Major works completed to date include:

Irrigation System

Two new irrigiation systems have been installed at Richley Reserve. The upgrades will improve water efficiency and better care for the open space at Blackbutt.

Wildlife Arena

A covered outdoor wildlife arena was designed and constructed at Carnley Avenue and was officially opened in May 2015. This area will enable staff to deliver environmental education programs in all kind of weather in an environment equipped to conduct a variety of wildlife shows and interactive activities. Orica are the proud sponsors of the audio visual equipment within the area to enable staff to deliver high quality presentations.

Richley Reserve adventure playground

A 60m-long district level, adventure-style playground in Richley Reserve was opened to the public on 1 September 2018. Inspired by the natural bushland, the playground features rope courses, bridges, swings and slides, an adventure tower, and space for everyone from toddlers to tweens, and all abilities.

New shelters and picnic areas

Four new shelters and BBQs have been installed in the Carnley Road area of the reserve.

On the edge of the new adventure playground at Richley a number of new picnic shelters have been built and a grassy picnic area created.

Improved access

The construction of reinforced concrete paths along Farrell’s Way, at the main entrance to Richley Reserve, has improved access to the adventure playground and recreation area. A viewing deck has also been built on the edge of the duck pond.

Amenities building

A new amenities building was constructed at Carnley Avenue that incorporates a parents room, disability facilities and has been designed to create a safer environment and improve the quality of life through the principles and strategies of Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED) regulations.


Signage and collateral have been updated with our new logo and a new design which was created in line with our revitalised branding. New maps, brochures, display boards and a mural help to better reflect the beauty and importance of Blackbutt Reserve.