Entwine project set to start

Published: 29 May 2020 2:20pm

A major upgrade of Wagga Wagga’s Botanic Gardens precinct is set to start next month at one of the area’s favourite spaces.

The $924,000 Entwine project will revitalise the iconic city gardens and deliver new community infrastructure and facilities that will be inclusive and accessible for residents and visitors to enjoy.

Initial works will focus on Brolga Pond, surrounding Bamboo Garden and Native Garden areas – popular spaces where the community gathers for picnics, play and photo opportunities.

Wagga Wagga City Council Director Commercial Operations said Entwine would revitalise an important city asset.

“We recently celebrated 50 years of the Botanic Gardens and being able to give this community space a major upgrade is timely and a great investment for the city,” Ms Angel said.

“The Botanic Gardens is a well-used facility where I’m sure many people have fond memories of good times. We want to ensure the Gardens continue to be that special place for all the community enjoy.”

The Entwine project works include:

*Design and construction of a nature play adventure space and new BBQ facilities in the native garden section

*Refurbishment of the Brolga Pond and surrounding Bamboo Garden area to support events and outdoor activities

*Installation of interpretative and wayfinding signage

*Installation of low maintenance accessible pathways and revitalised garden areas to strengthen the connection and visitor flow between the Botanic Gardens and the Museum of the Riverina site located on the northern side of the precinct

*Upgrade to animal enclosures including fencing and signage at the Zoo

Works will be carried out between 7am and 5pm from Monday to Friday, and are expected to be complete by September 2020, weather permitting.

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