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Boost for Botanic Garden

8 December 2006

From ABC Illawarra NSW

Wollongong Botanic Garden set to change Wollongong City Council has signed a plan of management for the future of Wollongong's botanic garden.

Councillors have endorsed a plan to provide new meeting and storage space for the friends of the garden and up to two cafes or restaurants to boost the profile of the tourist attraction.

Wollongong Lord Mayor Alex Darling says the gardens are an icon of the city and should be used to their full potential.

"The gardens are absolutely beautiful and we've just opened the rose garden and that's increased ... wedding functions by 75 per cent since it's been open," he said.

"It's a very, very lovely area and I'd recommend people go and have a look at our gardens, I think the gardens are the crown jewels of Wollongong and probably Wollongong's best kept secret."

The Draft Plan is still available to view (PDF) on the the Wollongong City Council's website here 


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