Work begins on designs for Dubbo's Wiradjuri Park
Designs are being drawn up for the Wiradjuri Park at Elizabeth Park (Dubbo Regional Botanic Gardens) with Stage 1 of construction expected to be complete by the end of 2019.
In March Council adopted a revised Wiradjuri Park Masterplan (Dubbo Regional Botanic Garden), following extensive consultation with the Aboriginal and wider communities. The Masterplan updated the designs that had been proposed for a Wiradjuri Park on the banks of the Macquarie River, north west of the Serisier Bridge.
The former location was no longer an option due to the announcement of the proposed third river crossing at River Street, that would cut through the park.
The concept utilises a theme of the three rivers of the Wiradjuri people, the Wambool (Macquarie River), the Kalari (Lachlan River) and the Murrumbidjeri (Murrumbidgee River) to deliver the key principles.
The rivers form an abstract link to the past, present and future of the Wiradjuri people.
The design gained widespread approval when the Aboriginal and wider communities were consulted on the original plans, which were designed for the previous Wiradjuri Park proposed for the bank of the Macquarie River. The Dubbo Aboriginal Working Party also endorsed the revised Masterplan.
Moir Landscape Architects are currently working on the final design, with tenders expected to be called for Stage 1 in late June.
An estimated cost of $2 million is required to complete the full scope of works in the Masterplan, with Council securing $900,000 in funding from the NSW Government to undertake stage 1 of the project.
Stage 1 completes 80 per cent of the landscaping works, with the remaining elements to be completed as further external funding becomes available.
Mayor of the Dubbo Region Ben Shields said Wiradjuri Park is another welcome addition to the Elizabeth Park facility.
“The development at Elizabeth Park is amazing, from our great Dubbo Regional Botanic Garden to the incredible new Adventure Playground. The inclusion of Wiradjuri Park only adds to attraction,” Councillor Shields said.
“This will be a fantastic location to recognise our important Aboriginal culture and will also be a great learning opportunity for schools.”
Last Edited: 06 Jun 2019