New area unveiled at Maroochy Botanic Gardens
  • Wednesday 08 September 2010

A new area will be officially unveiled tomorrow (9.30amTuesday 7 September) within Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Gardens’ Friendship Colonnade precinct during a ribbon cutting ceremony, with Division 5 Councillor Jenny McKay and the Friends of the Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Gardens in attendance.

Members of the public have the opportunity to celebrate the official opening of the area, which has been designed to encourage greater use of the precinct by creating a functional, attractive space that is protected from the elements.

Councillor McKay said the beautiful new Friendship Colonnade area was sure to become another attract for both locals and visitors to the much loved gardens.

“We wanted to create an area that provided a different experience from other lawned areas in the gardens, and which inspired a real ‘secluded’ and ‘intimate’ mood,” Cr Mckay said.

“The lawn has been divided into discrete areas thus providing quiet spaces that can be used by several groups or individuals at the same time.

“This new space provides beautiful and functional destination and focal points to draw visitors in, whether it be used for walking, playing, enjoying some quiet time alone, or for more elaborate group functions such as weddings.

“A very special thank you must be given to the Friends of Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Gardens whose hard work and support has been invaluable across all aspects of creating and constructing this beautiful space.”

The new area is situated within Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Gardens’ Friendship Colonnade precinct. The Friendship Colonnade is a 50 metre long structure, planted with the beautiful Tecomanthe hillii (Fraser Island Creeper) which is one of the endangered plants of the Maroochy area. The colonnade was built to acknowledge the contribution of the Sunshine Coast community to the Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Gardens.