Gar­den idea grows

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

Bold plans have been un­veiled to build a botan­i­cal gar­den in Roe­bourne in time for the 150th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions in Au­gust next year.

The gar­den would be in ad­di­tion to the City of Kar­ratha’s planned bush tucker trail.

Fea­tur­ing a walk­way built around part of the Hard­ing River, the bush tucker trail will show­case na­tive food and medicine in the area.

Ngar­luma Yind­jibarndi Foun­da­tion is be­hind the botan­i­cal gar­den push and would like to see the gar­den built on the north side of the Ngurin Cul­tural Cen­tre.

NYFL nurs­ery man­ager Paul Crump said he wanted to cre­ate a mem­o­rable “wow fac­tor” for Roe­bourne.

"A lot of peo­ple come through Roe­bourne be­cause they have to; I want to cre­ate an­other rea­son for peo­ple to stop and look around,” he said.

“We want to col­lect the rare and en­dan­gered species of plants and high­light ar­eas of the Pil­bara not usu­ally wit­nessed by peo­ple.

One plan for the gar­den would in­clude a wa­ter fea­ture rep­re­sent­ing the Fortes­cue River and plants na­tive to the Ngar­luma and Yind­jibarndi ar­eas.

City of Kar­ratha Mayor Peter Long said work on the bush tucker trail would be­gin in Jan­uary and were ex­pected to be com­pleted by May. Mr Long said it was hoped the trail would be a grade 2 track and have nat­u­ral sur­fac­ing.

“There will be po­ten­tial for guided tours by lo­cal el­ders with its prox­im­ity to the cul­tural cen­tre pro­vid­ing eco­nomic as well as so­cial/cul­tural ben­e­fits to the com­mu­nity,” he said.

“Given the lo­ca­tion of the trail is within the flood­plain of the river, trail sur­fac­ing will be min­imised.

“Coun­cil con­sid­ered it timely to de­liver com­plete the project in 2016 to co­in­cide with the Roe­bourne 150 cel­e­bra­tions.”

Mr Long said there was no rea­son the bush tucker trail and botan­i­cal gar­den could not link up once both were com­pleted.

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