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Hamilton Botanic Gardens Master Plan

Background

The Hamilton Botanic Gardens was identified, in a 1981 study of Victoria’s historic gardens, as being of state significance. In 1990 it was classified by the National Trust of Australia (Victoria).

Council began a four year process in 1990 to develop a Conservation Analysis, Policies and Management Plan funded by the National Estate Grants Program and City of Hamilton to analyse the site and provide guidelines and recommendations for the conservation, restoration, management and development of the gardens to ensure retention of significant features and sympathetic development in line with the Garden’s historic character and botanic role.

The Hamilton Structure Plan 2011 noted that Council needed to undertake a plan of management or master plan for the Hamilton Botanic Gardens to ensure its sustained use.

Overview

In response to the existing gaps and issues within the Botanic Gardens the following specific objectives have been identified for the project:
• Appropriate use of the Gardens
• Animal enclosure
• Recognition of William Guilfoyle’s influence
• Depot redevelopment
• Infrastructure and services – toilets, lighting
• Management of the tree population including replacement strategy
• Proposed works costed and prioritised
• Funding sources.

Milestones

Aviary demolition and Shed Build – April 2019
Refurbishment of Heritage listed Thompson fountain – June 2019
Aviary and workshop – June 2019
All Abilities toilet block– June 2019
Project completion – June 2019

Current Status

In accordance with the Hamilton Botanic Gardens Master Plan, several listed projects have been progressed. Work has been completed on the demolition of the old aviary, workshop and electrical changeover as well as the renovation of the glasshouse.

For more Information:
For further information, please contact David Moloney – Director Shire Infrastructure on (03) 5573 0259 or via email dmoloney@sthgrampians.vic.gov.au

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