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Q: Is Walkabout Park going to reopen?

Everything we are doing right now is preparing our wildlife sanctuary for whatever the world looks like when we get through this. It is tough and it is going to get tougher and nothing is guaranteed, but with our amazing team and our local community who won't give up on our animals, and the local and international support that we have been getting since the fires nearly took us out at the end of 2019, we are determined to get through this. 

Q: What are Walkabout Park's priorities right now?

Our priorities are to keep our animals are fed and healthy and sheltered and their environments interesting; to keep our team safe; to keep our essential facilities going like animal heating, electricity for the fox proof fence, fresh water supplies, phone and internet, and insurances; to survive lockdown; and to come up with a plan for how we will run our sanctuary when the world stabilises. We don't expect the world to be the way it was when we went into lockdown, so we must be ready for whatever it is when we get there.

Q: Is Walkabout Park getting help from the government?

05/5 We have registered for JobKeeper for our staff. We hope assistance will arrive soon.
20/4 We have receive $12,000 JobBooster assistance via the ATO.
26/4 We have received the $10,000 COVID-19 Small Business Support grant.
28/4 We've been advised that assistance to help with animal welfare costs is on its way. We're waiting for details.

We are trying to avoid borrowing money, even low- or no-interest loans, as accumulating more debt will just defer our problems to down the line when we have to repay it. We're really resourceful and we've always been really good at living within our means, so we believe we will find a way to survive the economic impacts of COVID-19. 

Q: Are things back to normal after the fires?

We learned so much from our evacuation in November and having a million hectares of fire burning for weeks just across the creek next to our fenceline. We learned that we have an amazing community here on the Central Coast. We learned that we have supporters all over the world who care about our animals as much as we do. But most of all we learned that we can survive anything as long as we're ready for a "normal" that's different from what we knew as normal before. So no, we are not back to normal the way normal was, but this is our new normal. Now we are ready for anything, even for the unimaginable. Before 15 November we could never have imagined an unstoppable megafire bearing down on us. Before 12 March we couldn't imagine life in a global pandemic. We survived the one and we're getting through the other. We've become ok with anything ... bring it on!

Q: Is Walkabout Park prepared for the 2020/2021 fire season?

That's a hard one. With COVID-19 and social distancing and lockdowns and no income, some of the things we had planned can't happen right now. Most notable is the traditional burning that we were due to start this winter with Ngurra Gurril. We hope that these burns will still go ahead, but there are too many unknowns right now, so we can't be sure.

Q: Is Walkabout Park's work to save endangered species still happening?

Yes! But as this is not a good time for fundraising, we can only work with the resources we've got. Expanding our sanctuary with additional fox-proofing is on hold for now as this is the most expensive part of our plan. But we have lots of work underway within the existing fox-proofed area, so watch this space...

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