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Thursday, May 30, 2024

Funding blooms for botanic gardens

The Victorian government has pledged $2.4 million to upgrade the state’s precious botanic gardens.

The investment will see 26 gardens share the funding through the second round of the Growing Victoria’s Botanic Gardens Grants Program. 

“Victoria’s botanic gardens improve our environment and liveability and protect our ecosystems – this funding will help to ensure they are properly maintained and continue to be a treasured part of our state,” said Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, Lily D’Ambrosio.

“Victoria is the garden state and this funding will help ensure we continue to enjoy that reputation,” she said.

“Our regional and rural gardens already make a significant contribution to the local tourism industry and these grants will help to further boost visitation and local economies.”

The Program was launched last year and will provide nearly $4 million over two years. Most of the gardens in this round are in rural and regional Victoria where they make a significant contribution to the local tourism industry. 

The Minister said the grants would enable a range of upgrades including improving water supply and irrigation, climate change adaption, plant collection labelling, educational projects, new innovative garden areas and upgrades to facilities and attractions.

They include:

  • $134, 354 for the Euroa Arboretum for a climate ready garden and outdoor entertainment area and visitor precinct
  • $150,000 for the Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden to supply and install an irrigation system for their new conservation garden.
  • $117,000 for the Melton Botanic Garden Nature Play space which will focus on natural elements, utilising rocks, logs and plants to create an environment that fosters imaginative play. 
  • $200,475 for construction of garden beds and installation of a recycled water irrigation system at the Bendigo Botanic Garden
  • $171,000 for Botanic Gardens Australia New Zealand to develop a plant database for Victoria’s botanic gardens capturing an overview of capacity including plant numbers, species diversity and rare and threatened species
  • $70,000 for the George Pentland Botanic Gardens in Frankston to complete trail connections through the west precinct of the gardens. 

For more information and a full list of this round of grant recipients visit: forestsandreserves.vic.gov.au/grants/growing-victorias-botanic-gardens-grants-program

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