Saturday, May 25, 2024

Irrigation boost for Maryborough

VIC

Phillips Gardens in Maryborough will now be green and lush all year round following the installation of a new irrigation system.

Central Goldfields Shire Council received $150,000 in funding for the project, thanks to the State Government Growing Victoria’s Botanic Gardens grants program.

A new Hunter Hydrawise central control system was installed, with a master valve and flow meter, which means it will be more sustainable to use and will reach areas of the Gardens not previously irrigated, the Council said in a statement.

The project was delivered by Steven Dell Plumbing following a public tender process.

Central Goldfields Shire Maryborough Ward Councillor, Geoff Lovett said it was wonderful to see investment in one of the municipalities best-loved natural assets.

“We forget the Phillips Gardens are botanical gardens dating back to the mid-19th century, and one of very few remaining in regional Victoria,” he said.

“In recent years considerable work has been undertaken at the Phillips Gardens, all of it commendable – and this irrigation project will be another step towards making it even better.

“A positive step towards ensuring it remains a popular meeting and recreational space for our local community and a must-see destination for our tourism visitors.”  

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