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Floral display to welcome G20 guests is unveiled

06 November, 2014

Brisbane City Council has today unveiled a floral welcome mat at Roma Street Parkland ahead of the arrival of thousands of delegates and officials for the G20 Summit on 15 and 16 November.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said the display will be the centrepiece of Roma Street Parkland during the month of November and is part of Council’s Team Brisbane campaign.

“The 4BC floral mat will be a beautiful horticultural attraction to help us welcome the world ahead of the G20 Leaders Summit, and represents an aerial view of the Brisbane River and surrounding landscape,” Cr Quirk said.

“Community gardening groups were invited to help plant the floral display which includes more than 7000 locally sourced plants and is situated adjacent to Celebration lawn at the heart of Roma Street Parkland.

“The project was made possible with support from local businesses and organisations, including local radio station 4BC and Pohlmans Nurseries who have contributed all of the plants. The involvement of these businesses and the community gardening groups demonstrates the pride we have for our city and embodies the spirit of Team Brisbane.”

The floral mat measures 15 metres by 12 metres and is surrounded by a parsley border, with a ‘river’ of blue Lobelias surrounded by yellow Marigolds and orange Celosias. The iconic feature of the Brisbane River, the Story Bridge, has pride of place within the display.

The floral display has been arranged by community volunteers over three planting sessions, on Saturday, Monday and Tuesday and would remain on display until Sunday 23 November.

Cr Quirk said the project highlights Roma Street Parkland’s status as an oasis in the heart of Brisbane city and a world class destination for leisure, recreation and events.

“We are proud of how Roma Street Parkland has grown and changed since it was opened in 2001 becoming one of the premier destinations in Brisbane to enjoy our enviable sub-tropical climate,” he said.

“I’m pleased that Roma Street Parkland was asked by 4BC to host this amazing this project, bringing local and international visitors alike into the city to admire the hard work that goes into creating such a stunning place to visit.

“I look forward to showcasing our New World City as Brisbane takes centre stage for G20 and encourage everyone to visit the Parkland to admire the floral welcome mat.”

For more information on Roma Street Parkland visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au or call Council on (07) 3403 8888.

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