Released 09/01/2013

With the opening of the National Arboretum Canberra only a few weeks away, new Facebook and Twitter accounts have been launched to help people engage with what is happening at Canberra's newest major attraction. 

The launch of these social media platforms follows the launch of the new Arboretum website and Flickr account last month. 

"There is currently a hive of activity at the Arboretum to ensure it is ready for the dawn ceremony to mark the official opening on Friday 1 February 2013," said Fay Steward, Executive Director, National Arboretum Canberra. "A community opening event will be held on Saturday 2 February 2013. 

"To help generate excitement around the Arboretum's official opening we have launched Twitter and Facebook accounts, which will feature information and photos of upcoming events, activities and construction milestones. These platforms provide a great way for the public to interact with and learn about what will be Canberra's brilliant new living museum and tourist attraction. 

"There will be updates about interesting facts and figures on the Arboretum's 100 forests and its range of other facilities such as the Village Centre. The community will also be able to send us their favourite photos of the Arboretum." 

Ms Steward said that work was on schedule for the Arboretum's opening, with the project being funded by the ACT Government, with support from the Australian Government. 

"The Arboretum features forests of Australian natives and various rare and endangered trees from Australia and around the world. It is a place where trees are being cultivated for conservation, scientific and educational study, display and preservation. One particularly dramatic species is the Dragon tree, the total wild population of which is now reduced to a few hundred trees in the Canary Islands. 

"The Arboretum's much anticipated community open day will be held from 10 am to 3 pm on Saturday 2 February 2013. It will feature live music throughout the day in the outdoor amphitheatre as well as interactive workshops, talks and art and craft activities. The Friends of the Arboretum will also be providing guided tours." 

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