Botanical Gardens preparing for better times ahead

Elise Archer,Minister for Heritage

Tasmania’s iconic heritage destinations are facing a difficult period with the impacts of COVID-19 being felt across the State.

The Tasmanian Liberal Government is doing everything in its power to assist the community and local economy through these challenging times.

Today I was delighted to announce that the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens will receive $302,000 for essential maintenance projects through the Government’s $50 million Public Buildings Maintenance Fund, announced as part of our COVID-19 stimulus package.

This vital funding will assist the Gardens’ team to upgrade a range of facilities while the site is closed to all visitors.

These works will include WH&S compliance works, fencing in the Japanese Garden, Heritage Stone wall repairs and roof plumbing at the Conservatory.

The dedicated Gardens’ team is committed to sharing its work with the public, and will be streaming virtual garden tours and posting regular updates on social media.

All staff are being kept busy on site assisting the horticulture team and growing fruit and vegetable seedlings that will be made available to the general public.

The Gardens are an important place of health, well-being and enjoyment for many Tasmanians, interstate and international tourists, and I look forward to the day that people can return on site to appreciate this beautiful location.

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