• Local dignitaries to conduct opening ceremonies at botanic gardens

    SHBG Amenities building

    SHBG Amenities building

    Wollondilly MP Jai Rowell will officially open the new amenities building at the Southern Highlands Botanic Gardens (SHBG) site in East Bowral. The building was partly funded by a grant from the NSW Government’s Community Building Partnership.

    Other funding providers include the Wingecarribee Community Assistance Scheme, which will be represented by Mayor, Councillor Larry Whipper, IMB Bank and the Rotary Club of Berrima District.

    SHBG chairman Charlotte Webb said that the support of many local businesses and a vast network of enthusiastic volunteers had seen significant progress on the site in recent times. “Around 100 people including donors, local politicians, Friends of the Garden volunteers and the wider community will be attending the opening,” she said.

    IMB Bowral Branch manager Di Manley congratulated the SHBG on the completion of the storage shed and installation of a watering system in the propagation area.

    “The Botanic Gardens will be a much-loved resource and destination for residents and visitors and IMB Bank Community Foundation, through the grant in 2014, was happy to assist with the expansion of facilities.

    “The Foundation has donated more than $370,000 to help 33 projects in the Southern Highlands in the past 16 years and it is always a great pleasure to see the difference the grants make to the community,” Ms Manley said.

    The official opening will take place at 2pm on Friday, 8 April at the garden site, corner of Kangaloon and Old South Roads, East Bowral. The ceremonies will be followed by afternoon tea. For further information please email info@shbg.com.au.

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