Dino Zappacosta promised Griffith a rose garden and now he’s looking for community input on what it could look like.
Griffith City Council voted in favour of a motion by councillors Dino Zappacosta and Rina Mecuri that could see the old bowling green bear the Visitor Information Centre transformed into a heritage-style rose garden at a recent council meeting.
Cr Zappaacosta said the Rose Garden Working Group would be open to community members with potential ideas, and the garden would be taken into the draft budget deliberations for 2018/2019.
A passion project of his for quite some time, Cr Zappacosta is excited to see the plans come to fruition.
“I grow roses myself. I love roses and they seem to be quite popular throughout the city. When you drive around you see a fair few people have roses. The climate seems to be ideal for them,” he said.
”Let’s develop it into a little hub, in such a picturesque, prime location.”
He says a rose garden would be an ideal location for visitors and residents alike.
“It could also attract visitors to Griffith. For example, when we have the Spring Festival people can park, have lunch and walk through the gardens.”
Cr Zappacosta encourages anyone with a green thumb or an interest in roses to get involved in the working group.
“I’m looking forward to hearing some interesting concepts for how a rose garden should look. It’s a big area, so it’s going to be fantastic,” he said.
“We can workshop how we can best manage and develop the garden. We want as many people as possible to come up with the best ideas.”
Nomination forms are available from Council’s administration office and on Council’s website www.griffith.nsw.gov.au or by contacting Marisa Martinello on 6962 8183. Nominations must be returned by 4pm, Thursday May 17 addressed to the General Manager, Griffith City Council PO Box 485 Griffith NSW 2680.