Botanic garden plans for foreshore

PLANS to beautify the Cannonvale foreshore with a botanic garden are underway.

An advisory committee and landscape designer have been appointed as part of the first steps in the process.

The Whitsunday Regional Council proposal plans to establish the mainland attraction in two stages with the help of local landscape designer John Harper.

Mr Harper and botanic garden designer Lawrie Smith will work with the new project committee to start creating the designs.

Councillors Jan Clifford and Jennifer Whitney were nominated to be on the advisory committee at last week's Council meeting.

The committee will help with the financial and political aspects of the gardens.

Mayor Mike Brunker said he hoped the gardens would develop to become a “truly inspirational area” which will promote local flora and fauna and other historical aspects of the Whitsundays.

Council environment and compliance program manager Scott Hardy said Mr Harper would work with the horticultural reference group to develop plans for the beach scrub and the dunes and swale garden areas.

A local botanist and representative from the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service will form part of the horticultural group.

“These two areas are located between the existing footpath and the shoreline in the central area of the foreshore reserve,” Mr Hardy said.

The draft plans are expected to be finished in February with final plans ready for public viewing in March.

The first two gardens are expected to be constructed between May and July next year, weather permitting.


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