Townsville Bulletin

Iconic Townsville gardens revamped


TOWNSVILLE’S iconic botanical garden has gone through a multimilli­on-dollar revamp with locals now encouraged to rediscover the gem.

The Palmetum has gone through a major irrigation upgrade, pathway and accessibil­ity improvemen­ts and the reopening of the Tumbetin Lodge, to give the gardens a new lease on life.

Now, the community is being encouraged to grab a treat from the cafe, or bring a picnic, put on a pair of sensible shoes and rediscover the botanical garden.

Mayor Jenny Hill said over the past 18 months, the Townsville City Council had invested heavily in improving the amenity of parks and gardens around the city.

“We have three world-class botanical gardens located right here in our own backyard, which provide wonderful, free spaces for our community to explore and enjoy,” Cr Hill said.

The Palmetum has undergone a major irrigation upgrade with the help of a state government Works 4 Queensland grant of more than $2m.

Cr Hill said this project would futureproo­f the garden for decades to come.

“With 70 per cent of our region’s yearly rainfall falling between January and March it’s important we’re able to keep this world-class garden looking its best year-round, in the most water-efficient way possible,” she said.

The gardens have also had a major accessibil­ity overhaul, with upgrades to help residents of all abilities access The Palmetum.

Infrastruc­ture Services Committee chairman Kurt Rehbein said council crews replaced a number of timber footbridge­s within the gardens, constructe­d new pathways between Nathan St and Yolanda Drive and upgraded a number of access ramps.

“This garden truly is a beautiful part of the world, so we wanted to make sure we could enhance accessibil­ity to ensure people of all abilities could make the most of what this wonderful part of our city has to offer,” Cr Rehbein said.

The Department of Transport and Main Roads invested

$400,000 in the accessibil­ity upgrades.

The arrival of Absolute Cravings at Tumbetin Lodge had been welcomed with open arms.

Community and Cultural Developmen­t Committee chairwoman Ann-maree Greaney said it was exciting to see the historic building alive again.

“As part of council’s vision to become a globally-connected community driven by lifestyle and nature, we understand how important enhancing the liveabilit­y of our natural space is,” Cr Greaney said.

“With more people visiting this wonderful local business we hope to see more locals once again discoverin­g some of the wonders of their own backyard.”

 ?? ?? Cr Suzy Batkovic with her daughters, Layla and Charli, exploring Palmetum. Picture: Townsville City Council
Cr Suzy Batkovic with her daughters, Layla and Charli, exploring Palmetum. Picture: Townsville City Council

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