Projects & Works

Entwine to connect Botanic Gardens and museum

Published: 06 Sep 2019 3:17pm

A project to connect two well-loved community spaces - the Botanic Gardens and the Museum of the Riverina - takes a step forward this week with the award of the design tender.

Director Community Janice Summerhayes said the project, known as Entwine, will develop additional leisure spaces in the Botanic Gardens and create a user-friendly pedestrian connection to the museum to encourage visitation between the two facilities.

“The Botanic Gardens is one Wagga Wagga’s great assets, and Council is committed to improving and expanding the facilities available for the community to enjoy.”

“The project will include new low maintenance interpretive trails and sensory gardens that are designed to be accessible to all,” she said.

“The renewal of the Brolga Pond is also within the project scope, as is the upgrade of the kangaroo, emu and alpaca fences in the Botanic Gardens Zoo.”

“The Australian Native Flora section of the Gardens will be upgraded through the addition of barbecues, shelters and interactive play spaces, to provide the community with another area to enjoy.”

The design will be completed by the end of the year and construction is set to begin in early 2020.

Entwine is occurring concurrently with the redevelopment of the Museum of the Riverina (Botanic Gardens site) which is scheduled to re-open in spring 2021.

Entwine is funded through a $739,466 grant awarded from the NSW Government Regional Growth – Environment & Tourism Fund and the balance contributed by Wagga Wagga City Council.