A “SIGNIFICANT” funding announcement will be made at the Bendigo Botanic Gardens today.
Bendigo Labor candidate Lisa Chesters will unveil money for the gardens with mayor Lisa Ruffell and the Friends of the Bendigo Botanic Gardens.
Ms Chesters said the money would help implement a master plan for the site. The plan calls for a restoration of the heritage garden, an extension of the gardens east of Bendigo Creek, the creation of a new main entrance and a new children’s garden, and more.
The council last month voted to seek about $1.6 million from the state and federal governments to upgrade gardens and streetscapes.
Councillors noted it would be a long-term project and Cr Ruffell said it would benefit the entire region.
“It’s about the region,” she said.
“The region really loves this; it’s a place for everybody.
“The animals were fantastic at the time, but it was time to move on and really set up the botanic gardens.”
Friends of the Bendigo Botanic Gardens president Jane Clearly said the announcement would be “very exciting”.
“I think it’s a fantastic thing,” she said. “We have been told about the announcement; we’ve not been told exactly what it is.
“We can guess the content of the announcement and it sounds fantastic.”
The site’s master plan was developed over two years and adopted by the City of Greater Bendigo in 2010. Ms Chesters said it was a “great project”.
“Ensuring that our community is liveable is a key priority,” she said.
“What people love about Bendigo is our Rosalind Park and developing the botanic gardens is the next step to ensuring we have another great public space.
“This redevelopment will greatly enhance visitors’ experience.”