The Victorian Government has announced $1.1 million in funding for upgrades and irrigation improvements at the Bendigo Botanic Gardens and Rosalind Park in Bendigo, Victoria.

Stormwater harvesting, storage and reuse for irrigation will be employed to ensure the garden will be more resilient to climate change. There will also be a connection to Coliban Water’s recycled water system.

Victorian Minister for Water, Lisa Neville, said, “Bendigo’s Botanic Gardens are an important part of the local community – so we’re working to drought-proof the site so it can be enjoyed by families, even during hot, dry conditions.”

Ms Neville also announced $330,000 towards the Bendigo Creek Project – an initiative driving collaboration between water authorities and Dja Dja Wurrung traditional owners.

“The Bendigo Creek Project is a great example of how we recognise Aboriginal values and identify opportunities to enhance our waterways,” Ms Neville said. 

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