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Premier Napthine tours the Bendigo Botanic Gardens

The City of Greater Bendigo has welcomed a $500,000 contribution from the State Government towards the $3.9 million Gardens of the Future project at Bendigo Botanic Gardens.

Victorian Premier Denis Napthine made a special visit the Bendigo Botanic Gardens at White Hills yesterday to make the funding announcement.

City of Greater Bendigo Mayor Cr Barry Lyons said he thanked the Premier and the State Government for supporting this important project for the region.

“The Bendigo Botanic Gardens is one of our city’s oldest and most iconic cultural assets dating back to Bendigo’s earliest days.

“In 1857 our city’s founding fathers had a great vision to construct a botanic gardens for the people of Bendigo and now more than 150 years later the City of Greater Bendigo also has a vision to expand on the legacy of the Botanic Gardens by creating a garden for our times – a garden for the future,” Cr Lyons said.

He said the Garden for the Future project is part of the City’s award winning Bendigo Botanic Gardens Master Plan which was adopted by Council in 2010.

“The project will involve a two hectare expansion to the Botanic Gardens and will feature innovative, high quality contemporary botanic gardens as well as botanical collections relevant to the region’s climate.  It will provide an exceptional backdrop for outdoor events, informal recreation activities, gatherings, picnics, educational programs and horticultural research.

“Through this project the City of Greater Bendigo is aiming to create a unique cultural institution within the Northern Victorian region that will provide visitors with high quality cultural, recreational and educational experiences.

“It’s a very exciting $3.92 million project and we are very grateful that the Premier and the State Government share our commitment and vision for the future,” Cr Lyons said.

Photo courtesy of the Bendigo Advertiser, 01 July 2014

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