Victoria Minister for Energy Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio
Looking After Victoria’s Treasured Botanic Gardens
Victor P Taffa
Andrews Government is preserving and improving Victoria’s precious botanic gardens with more than $1.4 Million for gardens across the state.
Round One of the Growing Victoria’s Botanic Gardens Grants Program will provide grants to 17 gardens across Victoria.
Projects include improving water supply and irrigation, replanting specimen trees, plant collection labelling, new innovative garden areas, and upgrades to facilities and attractions.
Program was launched this year and will provide nearly $4 Million over two years. The value of the grants has been boosted by substantial local financial and in-kind co-contributions to projects.
- $250,000 for Australian Botanic Gardens Shepparton for the supply of water to the site.
- $255,000 for Bendigo Botanic Gardens for the design of a visitor centre precinct and
- $35,000 for the Melton Botanic Gardens for solar lighting to increase community use.
Victoria has a rich legacy of botanic gardens established in the 19th century and there are now more than 40 across the state.
Gardens hold significant collections of trees and plants, offer iconic landscapes and open spaces, support research and provide for people to visit, relax and come together.
“Victoria is blessed with beautiful gardens and these grants will help them remain healthy for future generations.” Minister for Energy Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio said.
“Botanic gardens are the lifeblood of so many communities and we need to look after them, that’s what these grants are all about.”
Program also supports the objectives of Biodiversity 2037 the Andrews Government’s plan to stop the decline of Victoria’s native plants and animals and improve the natural environment for a healthy, sustainable future.
Round two of the Growing Victoria’s Botanic Gardens Grants Program will open in mid-2020.
Treasury Gardens Melbourne