Council's plans to build a $600,000 rose garden has divided public opinion, with some saying it'd be a nice drawcard into the CBD and others labeling it an irresponsible waste of ratepayer money.
To find out what the community really thinks The Area News hit the streets to ask passersby what they thought about the idea.
Brian Mills had a few choice words to say about council's plan, much of which was unpublishable.
"Those bastards in council just don't give a crap," Mr Mills said.
"They should be bringing back valencia oranges, but instead they're wasting money on this!?"
Leo Dekroo said the garden would be a nice attraction for tourists like him, who would pass by the garden on the way to the visitors centre.
"It would add to the city's already attractive atmosphere," Mr Dekroo said.
"As a non-contributor to the rates I approve."
Terry Morris said he often had family members come and visit him in Griffith, and a rose garden would be the perfect place to spend some quality time with them.
"I think it's a good idea - a bit more beauty around Griffith wouldn't hurt," Mr Morris said.
"A lot of tourists would stop, have a coffee, and wander through it."
Toni Pickmere said a rose garden would be a peaceful place to bring her two young daughters.
"I think that would be absolutely beautiful," Mrs Pickmere said.
"If it brings people in and increases tourism, I think that's a wonderful thing."
Max Zan said there were better ways to spend ratepayer money, such as more parking spaces on Jondaryan Avenue.
Mr Zan said he couldn't believe how a $124,000 plan turned into a $600,000 plan in space of one year.
"The design is like the Hanging Gardens of Babylon," he said.
"We've already got plenty of parks, and they're such high maintenance."
Griffith City Council threw their "in-principle" support behind the draft plan's broadened scope, with the exception of Councillors Doug Curran and Brian Simpson who voted against it.
They'll be putting aside another $200,000 in the 2020/21 budget and looking to get $300,000 in government grants.
If the grant application is rejected council will be falling back on a $300,000 draft plan, which is currently in the works.
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