The iconic Williamstown Botanic Gardens in the Williamstown electorate will be rejuvenated thanks to funding from the Andrews Labor Government.
Round One of the Growing Victoria’s Botanic Gardens Grants Program will see 17 gardens across the state receive grants worth $1.4 million.
Hobsons Bay City Council will receive a $53,592 grant to fund to deliver a plant collection labelling program and associated interpretation. The project will enable this historic and heritage garden, established in 1856, to fulfil its botanic role and provide a model for education and learning about the role of botanic gardens into the future.
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 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.”
Quotes attributable to Member for Williamstown Melissa Horne MP
“The Williamstown Botanic Garden is a wonderful place for our community to come together and enjoy beautiful green open space – this funding will ensure it remains that way.”
“This is a great initiative that recognises the importance of these gardens to the local community.”