Call­ing all Moss­man gar­den­ers

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - MOSS­MAN Scott Tibballs

FED­ERAL MP War­ren Entsch has urged Dou­glas res­i­dents and gar­den­ing lovers to the join the Moss­man Botanic Gar­den.

“The gar­den has wel­comed the sup­port it has re­ceived from the Aus­tralian Gov­ern­ment and the Dou­glas Shire Coun­cil to date,” Mr Entsch told Fed­eral Par­lia­ment.

“Now the gar­den needs the com­mu­nity to show its sup­port for this great ini­tia­tive. For just $50, you can join.

“If you are keen to en­cour­age the de­vel­op­ment of a world-class botan­i­cal gar­den in a world-class rain­for­est, show­cas­ing the Dain­tree Rain­for­est and the Wet Trop­ics, I urge you to be­come a mem­ber.”

Mr Entsch said that the gar­den was hoped to pro­vide em­ploy­ment in the shire as well as teach vis­i­tors about con­ser­va­tion and sus­tain­abil­ity.

“As an or­gan­i­sa­tion, the Moss­man Botanic Gar­den has spent a lot of time cre­at­ing a busi­ness and gov­er­nance struc­ture and devel­op­ing a truly stun­ning master plan for the site,” he said.

“This will al­low the gar­den to work with gov­ern­ment agen­cies, re­search and ed­u­ca­tion fa­cil­i­ties, phil­an­thropic groups and the lo­cal and global com­mu­ni­ties.”

The Moss­man Botanic Gardens is an on­go­ing project in the re­gion tipped to be a huge tourist at­trac­tion and source of em­ploy­ment when com­pleted.

“Moss­man Botanic Gar­den be­gan an in­cred­i­ble jour­ney seven years ago with an idea of a botan­i­cal gar­den run as a not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion sit­u­ated in a world-class tourism des­ti­na­tion,” Mr Entsch said.

The gov­ern­ment has granted $1.4 mil­lion for the project on 20ha of land.

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