The Gargarro Regional Botanic Garden in Girgarre has been given a huge boost in the form of a $200,000 grant from the Victorian Government.
As part of the Growing Victoria’s Botanic Gardens grants program, the funds will go towards phase one of the project, which includes the completion of the first of five century gardens, as well as an ephemeral stream that will run behind the amphitheatre soundshell.
Gargarro Botanic Garden Project convenor Doc McDonald said the announcement was huge news for the community.
“The Girgarre Community is really excited to receive this funding because it will allow us to make a start on this ambitious project,” he said.
“A big thank you to the Victorian Government for these significant funds. We know there are many wonderful projects across the state, and we are so thrilled to receive a substantial slice from this program to complete phase one of our big plans for Gargarro.”
State Member for Northern Victoria Mark Gepp said he was excited to see the long-gestating project continue forward.
“Gargarro Botanic Gardens is well loved by locals and visitors alike and this funding will help to make it an even better experience for everyone,” he said.
“This government’s investment in Victoria’s botanic gardens supports our wide-ranging efforts to conserve our precious native plants and animals.
“2020 has reminded many Victorians of just how important nature is for our health and wellbeing. Our continuing investment in botanic gardens across the state supports that.”
Phase one of this multi-stage project is expected to be completed by the end of 2022.