Gardens closure reduces health risk

CONCERNS about the public health risk posed by increasing crowd numbers has prompted the temporary closure of the Auburn Botanic Gardens.

Cumberland Council general manager Hamish McNulty said the Gardens would be closed from Friday, August 7 to September 10.
He said the move follows on from the cancellation of the annual Cherry Blossom Festival in the Japanese Garden due to the public health risk posed by Covid-19.
“The Auburn Botanic Gardens attracted a few hundred visitors over the weekend,” he said.
“While visitors were spread out across a large area, our main concern is these numbers will continue to increase, particularly at a time of the year where thousands of people are used to gathering for the Cherry Blossom Festival.
“Health and safety is our priority and we appreciate the community’s understanding and patience as we navigate this pandemic as a community.
“We will continue to monitor the situation and will assess the Garden’s extended closure subject to health advice.”