Pick My Project

The Friends of the Warrnambool Botanic Gardens Inc has submitted an application for their project idea, Nature based play space at Warrnambool Botanic Gardens, for Pick My Project - a $30 million Victorian Government community grants initiative that gives Victorians the chance to apply for between $20,000 and $200,000 in funding for a project idea that will make their community a better place to live. Please find a copy of the submission below.

The project idea will now be reviewed by our team to ensure it meets the eligibility criteria for the program. During the assessment period, you'll have the opportunity to review the project in detail and provide your response.

Details for the project submitted for assessment

A unique and creative play space will be established for all ages using natural and recycled materials which sit comfortably in the heritage listed gardens. A large cypress stump and the remains of a historic tree will be incorporated into the design, becoming play pieces. Elements which encourage climbing, jumping, balancing and squeezing will be included, such as logs, rocks, ropes and old bridge timbers. These elements will encourage both active and creative play, providing spaces for adventure, escape and connection to nature. Careful selection of appropriate plantings will further connect children to nature.

The project benefits

The WBGs are valued by children and families, with high visitation throughout the year for a range of unique play opportunities including the iconic Moreton Bay Fig tree roots (pictured), feeding the ducks and climbing on the cannon. Community members have expressed interest in more opportunities for creative and active play in the WBG with a recommendation to 'design and develop sensory and nature play areas' listed in the WBG Master Plan (2017). The heritage listed WBG is situated in a residential area adjacent to two large primary and a secondary school, which will have opportunities to contribute to design.

Listening Post

The steering committee, WCC and garden architects Laidlaw & Laidlaw will be a the Gardens from 11am to 12.30pm Saturday 2nd February WUNTA and Jazz in the Gardens. Come along and give us your thoughts and ideas.

For further details about the day the Warrnambool Standard have very kindly allowed us to link here their in depth article published today.