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Re-elected Coalition to provide $100,000 to Girgarre botanical gardens

07 November 2014


A re-elected Victorian Coalition Government will invest $100,000 into transforming the old Heinz site at Girgarre into a botanical garden complete with amphitheatre, The Nationals candidate for Euroa Steph Ryan announced today.

Ms Ryan said the local community had been proactive in determining what should be done with the vacant site and had raised $50,000 for the cause, so it was great to be able to announce the Coalition’s support.

“Back in 2012 when Heinz closed its factory here, it gifted this land and its water entitlement to the community,” Ms Ryan said.

“Since then the idea of turning the land into a botanical garden has been well supported locally and I am pleased to announce today that The Nationals, in a re-elected Coalition Government, will help to turn that vision into reality.

“A re-elected Coalition Government will provide $100,000 from the Regional Growth Fund to undertake detailed planning of the gardens and amphitheatre.

“The gardens will provide a beautiful area for the community and visitors to enjoy, while the amphitheatre will be a great venue to host local events like the Girgarre Moosic Muster.

“The Nationals believe community spaces like this are vital in rural and regional communities to attract more visitors and to provide locals with a place to come together.

“That is why we are committing $100,000 to get this great community project underway.”

Member for Rodney Paul Weller commended the local community for their hard work and dedication to see this vacant site turned into a community asset.

“The closure of the Heinz factory in 2012 was a difficult time for the Girgarre community but it is great to see something positive now coming out of that time,” Mr Weller said.

“The community needs to be congratulated for their resilience and their dedication to this project, which the Coalition Government will be proud to support if re-elected.”

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