The iconic Australian Botanic Gardens in Shepparton will be rejuvenated – thanks to round one funding of the Andrews Labor Government Growing Victoria’s Botanic Gardens Grants Program will see 17 gardens across the state receive grants worth $1.4 million.
Member for Northern Victoria, Mark Gepp MP announced that Shepparton’s Australian Botanic Gardens will receive a $251,640 grant to upgrade and improve the water supply of potable and raw water for the garden.
This funding will enhance the garden in many ways – supporting sustainable irrigation of plants, providing amenity for visitors, and support further development of the garden. Currently, watering of plants is dependent on rainfall and hand watering.
Established in 2011, the Australian Botanic Gardens features thematic gardens on a large terraced mound, wetlands and landscaping in the surrounding forest and woodland area.
The grants 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.
Victoria has a rich legacy of botanic gardens established in the 19th century and there are now more than 40 across the state.
The gardens hold significant collections of trees and plants, offer iconic landscapes and open spaces, support research and provide for recreation, tourism and community use.
The grants program also supports the objectives of Biodiversity 2037, the Labor 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.
For more information and a full list of Round One grant recipients, visit: forestsandreserves.vic.gov.au/grants/growing-victorias-botanic-gardens-grants-program
Quotes attributable to Mark Gepp MP, Member for Northern Victoria
“The Australian Botanic Gardens in Shepparton is a wonderful place for our community to come together and enjoy beautiful open spaces – this funding will ensure it remains that way.”
“Botanical gardens are so much more than displaying plants. Their function includes conservation, propagation, biodiversity, horticulture, seed science, ecology, taxonomy and public education.”
“This is a great initiative that recognises the importance of these gardens to the local community.”
Quotes attributable to the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, Lily D’Ambrosio
“Victoria is blessed with beautiful gardens and these grants will help them remain healthy for future generations.”