Wingecarribee Shire Mayor Councillor Duncan Gair has today planted a tree at the Southern Highlands Botanic Gardens to commemorate the signing of the Botanic Gardens Lease.
Acting on behalf of the Minister for Local Government, Mayor Gair signed the lease granting formal tenure of the community land over to the Southern Highlands Botanic Gardens.
Speaking at the tree-planting Councillor Gair congratulated the parties responsible for the hand-over.
“Today’s tree planting and lease-signing is testament to Council’s commitment towards this project,” he said.
“It gives assurance to the friends and volunteers of the Southern Highlands Botanic Gardens that this public space will be enjoyed by visitors for years to come.”
“On behalf of Council I congratulate all the people who have worked behind the scenes for many years searching for and ultimately transforming this site,” the Mayor said.
“This includes all the volunteers and members of both the Southern Highlands Botanic Gardens Establishment Committee and Southern Highlands Botanic Gardens Board.
“Were it not for their vision and efforts we wouldn’t be celebrating this wonderful milestone today.
“For decades this location was known as the Skin Shed site but in years to come it will become one of the most magnificent cool climate Botanic Gardens in the country,” Councillor Gair added.
“I have no doubt that in years to come these gardens will be another feature attraction of our Shire and I look forward to watching them grow.”
The planting of the Chinese Pistachio took place on the Southern Highlands Botanic Gardens site located on the corner of Kangaloon and Old South Roads, East Bowral.