Garden idea grows
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.