$500,000 to help restore "secret" Fetherston Gardens

Released 12/06/2012

ACT Chief Minister and Minister for Territory and Municipal Services Katy Gallagher today announced residents in Canberra's south are set to benefit from a $500,000 boost in the 2012-13 ACT Budget to upgrade the Fetherston Gardens in Weston and make them suitable for community use.

"Fetherston Gardens was part of the former CIT School of Horticulture and consists of a well-established arboretum, woodlands garden and an enclosed 'secret garden'," the Chief Minister said. 

"The ACT Government has been working with the Weston Creek Community Council and the Friends of the Fetherston Gardens to revitalise the Gardens and make them suitable for community use. The Weston Creek Community Council has also been proactive in coordinating regular volunteer working bees to remove weeds and maintain the garden beds.

"To assist with the upgrade of Fetherston Gardens and to make it a safe site for community access, the ACT Government will invest $500,000 in the 2012-13 Budget. This funding will allow for the refurbishment of existing park structures including pergolas, the wisteria walk, existing walking paths and ponds."

Work will also be undertaken to re-route existing paths and upgrade the irrigation system.

The Chief Minister said this funding is in addition to the $50,000 previously allocated toward the development of a concept plan to identify opportunities for the future development of Fetherston Gardens as funding opportunities become available.

"The Concept Plan for Fetherston Gardens has been developed following extensive stakeholder and community consultation.

"I have been lucky enough to have visited Fetherston Gardens, it is a magical place and should be shared with the community. This funding will help to restore the Fetherston Gardens as a community space where people can gather with family and friends."

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