Construction to begin on expansion of Aboriginal Garden

Aboriginal Gardens - Councillors and Sally Gamble

Construction is set to begin on an expansion to the Aboriginal Garden on Lake Benalla.

The new designs include a path that connects the Aboriginal Garden to the Lake. The path will feature a granite edge and connect circular resting places designed for small group learning or quiet reflection.

Mayor Cr Danny Claridge said the Aboriginal Gardens spoke to the importance of place and history on Lake Benalla.

‘We are proud to be able to honour Benalla’s long history with this Aboriginal Garden and the enhancements in this development,’ said Cr Claridge. ‘We encourage the community to enjoy this space, connect with nature and reflect on our history’.

Improvements are also planned for the existing Garden, including steel edging of the garden beds and interpretive signage. The effects of flood and the maintenance of the dam have been considered in the plans for the new development.

Sally Gamble, Chair of the Tomorrow Today Foundation, said the Garden was an important community space for the region.

‘The Foundation has been involved in the development of the Aboriginal Garden since inception because of its potential to bring people together and create conversations about our district’s history and heritage,’ said Ms Gamble. ‘The Garden is a place for sharing stories, having a yarn or quiet reflection’.

The Council is proud to be part of the working group for this project, which includes representatives from Tomorrow Today and community members. This project received funding from the Victorian Government.

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