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New Aviary takes Flight

New Aviary takes Flight

Botanic Gardens getting a makeover!

A new flight aviary is scheduled to begin construction in the coming month after a tender was awarded at Council's December meeting.

This project will see a brand new aviary built in the Hamilton Botanic Gardens, which will meet all best practice guidelines for caged birds, the Southern Grampians Shire confirms. The project does not stop there, as it also includes a new workshop, a new fully accessible toilet which will accommodate not only the users in the gardens, but families utillising the playground and barbeque facilities.

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With a bid of $231,000, a MacArthur Engineer was the successful tenderer for the project, with an additional $100,00 funding injected in by the friends of the Botanic Gardens by Geoff Handbury OAM, with the remainder to be funded by Council.

Demolition of the old aviary and workshop will take place the week after Australia Day this month, and the brand new facilities hope to be finished in May of 2019.

The Hamilton Botanic Gardens master plan aims to guide the development of the gardens over the next ten years, improving not only the facilities there, but maintaining the heritage that the garden possess.

Works already completed from the master plan include the refurbishment of the heritage gates at the Skene Street and the French and Kennedy Street entrances, while the restoration of the Thomson fountain will commence in the first half of this year..

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