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WAMA staff and Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria experts meet on the WAMA site to discuss plans for a Grampians Endemic Flora Public Garden

L–R: David Pratt, WAMA Site Manager, Jill Burness RBGV Landscape Planner, Neil Marriott WAMA volunteer and Australian Plant Society Expert, Wendy Marriott WAMA volunteer and Horticulturist and John Arnott RBGV Horticulture Manager

WAMA RECIEVES A $48,000 GRANT TO CREATE A GRAMPIANS ENDEMIC PUBLIC GARDEN

The WAMA Foundation Inc., has received a $48,000 grant from the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) as part of the department’s Growing Victoria’s Botanic Gardens Program to develop the WAMA Endemic Public Garden attracting a new wave of eco-tourism to the Grampians Region.

The 2-hectare garden will showcase the majority of over 70 endemic flora species native to the Grampians, attracting a new wave of eco-tourism, that will build a stronger more vibrant region through economic development, tourism and education.

“There is no single location in the Grampians which showcases all endemic species of flora, in an educative, easily accessible manner to the general public,” says Greg Lewin, WAMA Chairman.

“Over 2 million visitors come to the Grampians every year, many to enjoy and appreciate the richness of the Grampians flora and wildflower diversity. The WAMA Endemic Garden will create a unique opportunity for tourists, university students and researchers alike to view possibly all of the Grampians endemic plants in the one botanic location.”

The WAMA have matched DELWP’s financial contribution for the development of the gardens.  Together with in-kind contributions, results in up to $136 000 being injected into the WAMA Endemic Public Garden project.

The gardens will include accessible pathways, boardwalks and educational botanical signage that promotes nature-based learning and an appreciation of Australia’s natural flora.  The garden will be sustainable where the landscape design will maximise water harvesting using swales and will adjoin to the nearby natural wetlands.

WAMA is currently working closely with Botanic Gardens Australia & New Zealand (BGANZ) and Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria experts John Arnott and Jill Burness.

WAMA Site Manager David Pratt, Company Secretary Angela Turrell and WAMA volunteer and botanical expert, Neil Marriott met with them last week on-site to discuss the garden plans and design.

“The WAMA Endemic Public Garden represents an exciting new living collection of Grampians flora,” says Jill Burness Royal Botanic Gardens Landscape Planner.

“The Grampians are a biodiversity hot-spot in Victoria.  The term ‘endemic’ quite literally means that these plants are unique to the Grampians and as such will be a spectacular showcase for all Victorians and beyond.”

The WAMA Endemic Public Garden project forms part of the $6 million master plan for the 16-hectare WAMA site.

WAMA staff and Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria experts meet on the WAMA site to discuss plans for a Grampians Endemic Flora Public Garden

L–R: David Pratt, WAMA Site Manager, Jill Burness RBGV Landscape Planner, Neil Marriott WAMA volunteer and Australian Plant Society Expert, Wendy Marriott WAMA volunteer and Horticulturist and John Arnott RBGV Horticulture Manager