Plans are afoot to convert a weedy eyesore in the centre of Griffith into a colourful rose garden.
On Tuesday, Griffith City Council voted in favour of a motion by councillors Dino Zappacosta and Christine Stead that council investigate the possibility of establishing a rose garden in the old Ex-Servicemen’s Club Bowling Greens.
The Bowling Greens are next to the Griffith Visitors Centre in the heart of town.
Cr Zappacosta is confident the garden will go ahead, and become a major tourist attraction.
“The site is ideally placed in the centre of town to show Griffith’s vitality and strength…I can’t think of anything that would be better”.
“Now is the time to do something spectacular”.
“I’m very pleased council has accepted my proposal”.
Cr Zappacosta said as the area is crown land (owned by the state), council will first need to seek permission from the NSW Government.
He said council will then do some costings on putting the garden in place and annual maintenance, before seeking community consultation.
“We’d really like to get the community’s feedback on possible designs, use of archways and walkways etc.”
“Nearly everyone in Griffith has roses in their garden, so I think they’ll like this idea”.
Mr Zappacosta said he’s hopeful a garden can be in place before Spring Fest next year.
“A lot will depend on how long it takes to get state government approval”.
Earlier this year, the Club Bowling Greens were flagged as a possible site for a group establishing a croquet club, though the costs were seen as a barrier.
On Tuesday, council also voted in favour of investigating the possibility of planting groundcover roses in the centre of the Bagtown Roundabout to enhance the area.