Parks & Recreation

Change is in the air at the Botanic Gardens

Published: 18 Sep 2019 12:36pm

There’s change in the spring air at the Wagga Wagga Botanic Gardens Zoo and Aviary.

Council staff were hard at work on several exciting projects inside the popular attraction while the zoo was closed to the public last week.

“The Botanic Gardens budgerigar aviary has been decommissioned,” Council’s Manager Parks and Strategic Operations Henry Pavitt said.

“It’s now been removed to make way for the construction of a new enclosure.”

Bird-lovers, never fear, the beautiful budgies will remain on show in other areas of the zoo.

“The budgies have all been relocated to other aviaries, including the free flight aviary,” Mr Pavitt said.

Council staff also spent hours cleaning out and removing dead timber from the site to make way for new trees and vegetation.

“We’re also looking at doing some remedial works to the ponds, so they’re all being drained,” Mr Pavitt said.

“We’ll also be doing some work on drainage as well.”

Certain areas of the zoo remain cordoned off as the refreshing upgrade continues.

“We’re looking to start an upgrade to the fences inside the zoo next month,” Project Coordinator Thomas Lemerle said.

“We’ll be replacing the 170 meters of kangaroo, emu and alpaca fences.”

The fencing works form part of Council’s $924,000 Entwine Project.

Concepts for the Entwine Project are also being designed and will enhance both the Botanic Gardens and improve connection to the Museum of the Riverina.

Budgerigar aviary