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More lighting for Castlemaine Botanical Gardens

Walker at Castlemaine Botanical Gardens

Castlemaine Botanical Garden’s will have new lighting installed next month and be completed in November.

Thursday 12 August 2021

Castlemaine Botanical Garden’s entire walking/cycling track will soon be lit all the way with new lighting to be installed next month.

The lighting will be installed along the path’s western perimeter and along sections running parallel to Froomes Road and Walker Street, ensuring it is well lit for users along the entire loop.

Mount Alexander Shire Council, Manager of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities Troy Lyons said currently only the eastern length of the path is lit.

“Our community has been advocating for lighting for the entire loop for many years and Council wants to ensure that it’s safe for informal recreation, quiet contemplation and socialising so we are thrilled to see this coming to fruition,” Mr Lyons said.

“This will boost safety and security for park users in the early mornings and at nights.”

Listed on the Victorian Heritage Register as being of historical, scientific, social and aesthetic significance, the gardens are the shire’s most visited destination. The looping path through them is a popular circuit for runners, wheelers, walkers and cyclists of all ages and abilities.

Heritage Victoria has approved a permit for the works to install the lighting which will be carried out by local contractor R&R McClure Excavations Pty Ltd.

Mr Lyons said significant trees, paths and buildings would not be negatively impacted during installation and only minor sections of the path would be unavailable during this time.

Installation is due to begin next month and be completed by November.

The project is being funded by the Victorian Government’s Community Crime Prevention Program.

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