First trees planted for Gargarro Botanic Gardens
20 September 2016
Tuesday 20 September 2016
Girgarre’s dream to create Australia’s premier regional botanic garden Gargarro reached a significant milestone today, with the planting of the first seedlings and the launch of the project’s business case.
Speaking at the event, Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan said the project was entirely down to the resilience and entrepreneurial spirit of the Girgarre community.
“After the closure of the Heinz factory in 2012, Girgarre residents came together and decided to carve out an entirely different future for the town,’ Ms Ryan said.
“It has taken four years to get to this point and it is expected that it will take a further 20 years to complete the project.
“I have full faith in the Girgarre community and its ability to pull off this spectacular project to transform the region.
“For a town of 191 people, Girgarre has already achieved extraordinary things with the monthly Girgarre Farmers Market and the Girgarre Moosic Muster,” Ms Ryan said.
The garden has been designed by landscape architects Taylor Cullity Lethlean. The first stage will see the main parkland constructed with picnic areas, an amphitheatre, the planting of avenue trees, a main thoroughfare as well as planning of the collection and an ephemeral water feature.
Future stages will play on the senses of hearing, sight, smell, touch and taste, incorporating the region’s story of irrigation through the use of a geometric design of channels and water features.
The garden’s design also celebrates Australia’s indigenous history and plantings and has an emphasis on nature, sustainability and the protection of endangered species.
Ms Ryan said she looked forward to helping the community further develop Gargarro.
“I congratulate the project’s board members Athol McDonald, Jan Smith and Michael Watt and the many individuals and community groups who have committed their time, energy and skills to this project,” Ms Ryan said.
The project has received $350,000 in Victorian Government funding which combined with the community’s contribution and support will see almost $850,000 invested to begin works.