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Accessible path upgrades for Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens

21 November, 2012

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk is investing $80,000 to make footpaths in the Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens more accessible for people with disabilities, with works kicking off last month.

Local Councillor Peter Matic (Toowong Ward) said the works would allow people of all abilities to explore the gardens’ displays, by fixing distorted and cracked pathways which had been caused by growing tree roots.

“This project is part of fulfilling the Lord Mayor’s vision of Brisbane being an accessible and inclusive city,” Cr Matic said.

Part of the project will also involve upgrading pathway access to the concert area for future events held in the gardens.

The pathway works will be done in stages during off-peak periods to minimise disruption to park users and it’s estimated the project will be finished by April next year.

Cr Matic said the pathway project complemented works already underway to drought proof the gardens.

“We want Brisbane to be a clean, green city and we constantly look for ways to operate our venues more efficiently,” he said.

“We have allocated $140,000 in this year’s budget to the Mount Coot-tha Botanic Gardens irrigation project, with work currently underway to install a water-saving, timed irrigation system.”

Cr Matic said the footpath upgrades would make the Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens an even more attractive place for visitors.

“About half a million people visit the gardens each year, whether it’s to take a free guided walk, a free mini bus tour or to participate in one of the hundreds of events and workshops for adults and children that are run from the gardens,” he said.

“I encourage people to find out more about what is on offer at the Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens online at www.brisbane.qld.gov.au and click on Parks and Gardens in the ‘What’s On’ section.”

This financial year Council is also investing $600,000 towards refurbishing existing buildings at the Brisbane Botanic Gardens. This work will include restoring the Bonsai House, conducting a tree audit and further landscaping and footpath works.

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