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Botanic Gardens boardwalk set for upgrade

Botanic Gardens boardwalk
Work will soon begin to upgrade the Botanic Gardens boardwalk.

A new and improved structure made from upcycled plastic materials will soon replace the existing Botanic Gardens boardwalk, with construction to begin next month.

The current boardwalk, which is located in the centre of the gardens, will be removed and replaced due to reaching its end of life.

The work will be carried out in three stages, from Tuesday 4 October, and will be completed by June 2023 if weather permits.

The new boardwalk will have a section of walkway removed to improve water flow and reduce nutrients in the lake.

By utilising plastic composite, which includes recycled plastics, the new boardwalk will feature a timber look while having the added benefits of being more durable against animal droppings and weather events, reducing maintenance requirements.

The community will be able to continue to sit and enjoy birdwatching from the central boardwalk, and access other areas of the gardens.

Mayor Jack Dempsey said the upgrade would ensure the life of the boardwalk continued to see longevity and the gardens remained a place for all visitors to enjoy.

“Upgrades to Council’s facilities are crucial to ensuring our community has access to the highest quality facilities possible,” Mayor Dempsey said.

“This project will ensure the gardens continues to support the recreational needs of regional, national, and international visitors for many years to come.

“I look forward to seeing everyone enjoy the new boardwalk once it is complete.”

The three-stage project will be rolled out as follows:

Week starting 4 October 2022

• Stage 1 and Stage 2: One section of boardwalk to be removed. Concrete piers under the above section of boardwalk to be removed.

February 2023

• Stage 3: The remaining boardwalk will be removed and replaced, weather and unforeseen delays permitting

This project is part of Bundaberg Regional Council’s Parks, Sport and Natural Areas Capital Renewal Program 2022 – 2023.

You can read more about the project on the Our Bundaberg Region website.

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