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Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Garden facility redevelopment

Project: enhance and expand the Botanic Garden facilities, including redeveloping the Visitor Centre and completing the on-site Plant Science Precinct.

Start: August 2018

Expected completion: construction and fitouts will be completed in December 2019, with final items such as landscaping, signage and sealing the car park to be completed before the end of March 2020.

Funding: from the NSW Government’s Tourism and Environment Fund Program, grant funding from the Australian Government’s Regional Jobs and Investment Packages and Building Better Regions Fund, contributions from Eurobodalla Shire Council and from the fundraising efforts of the Friends of Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Garden.
Council is currently seeking tenders for construction, and will be able to confirm project costs once the tender process is finalised.

Background

The Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Garden provides residents and visitors with display and sensory gardens to enjoy, educational experiences, a plant shop, café, play equipment and recreation spaces, and a range of activities and events that cater to diverse interests. The Garden also supports and nurtures plant biodiversity and habitats, and assists in the conservation of regional Threatened and Endangered Species. The Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Garden enjoys the support of a large contingent of volunteers that include the Friends of the Garden - dedicated community members who support this unique and treasured community asset through fundraising, promotion and by assisting staff in projects and maintenance.

Driven by a working group that includes representatives from Council, the community, and the Friends of the Garden, this collaborative project has been in the planning stages for several years to determine the ideal combination of features to see the Garden into the future. With funding secured, the redevelopment is now ready to proceed.

Project details

This redevelopment will build on the valuable features of the Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Garden, enhance the educational opportunities delivered by the Garden, and provide world class facilities to accommodate growth of up to 150,000 visitors annually.

Stage 1, expected completion in February 2019

A purpose built facility for the heritage listed Wallace Herbarium, including:

  • parking and access road
  • landscaping, accessible pathways and toilets, and an upgrade to the Gardens’ nursery and propagation facilities to allow the Gardens to increase its support for revegetation activities across Eurobodalla, and enhance the existing educational program available to school groups.

Stage 2, expected completion in June 2019

Convert the former herbarium space into a new facility that includes:

  • a large retail and interpretive space offering visitor information facilities, native plant sales, merchandise and works by regional artists
  • an education hub, equipped with computers and digital microscopes, to provide a focal point for natural history education for Garden visitors.

Stage 3, expected completion in mid September 2019

Construct a new café in the beautiful Garden setting, showcasing local produce.

Stage 4, expected completion late December 2019

Completion of a multi-purpose community function space, including:

  • an indoor space able to accommodate 100 people for events, exhibitions, workshops and meetings
  • kitchenette and administration areas.

Stage 5, expected completion March 2020

The finishing touches will complete the redevelopment, including improved parking, security, new highway frontage and signage treatments.

More information

To find out more, contact Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Gardens Manager, Michael Anlezark: