Opening of Community Botanical GardensPrint Page Print this page

Opening of Community Botanical Gardens : 12-May-2013
Opening of Community Botanical Gardens : 12-May-2013

Photographs supplied by Graeme Saunders

A sundial and plaque commemorate the opening of the Barooga Community Botanical Gardens in 1993.

Early in 1992 Geoff Brentnall put forward a detailed proposal to establish Botanical Gardens in Barooga on the old cricket ground site. This consisted of six acres of Crown land under the control of the Shire of Berrigan which was being used as a drainage basin for storm water.

The proposal was approved by the Shire of Berrigan, and a public meeting held on 1st October 1992 decided to establish the Barooga Community Botanical Gardens. A small committee was elected with Geoff Brentnall as chairman and Daryl Yeaman as Secretary. Shortly afterwards representatives of local bodies were added to the committee and it was appointed a Committee of Management under the Local Government Act of NSW.

A sketch plan for the layout of the area was submitted to the committee by Mrs Vanessa Ranken which was approved by the committee and the shire. It was agreed to proceed with the first stage. Trees were purchased with funds given by the Barooga Sports Club. The perimeter of the area was planted by volunteers from the local community organisations.

Pathways were constructed throughout the area from Brooks Avenue and Banker Street entrances to Nangunia Street and lined with gravel from the Tocumwal quarries, carted voluntarily by contractors. Mowing in the area was achieved by the use of the Barooga Lions Club ride on mowers and local small mowers when necessary. In 1993, a ‘door knock appeal’ to local household raised in excess of $6,000 for a second stage planting in autumn.

The gardens were officially opened on Sunday November 21, 1993 at 4.00p.m. By Jim Small MP Member for Murray. A commemorative plaque and sundial have been placed in the gardens in recognition of this occasion.



Address:Nangunia Street, Barooga, 3644
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -35.909444
Long: 145.692387
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
View Google Map


Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Culture
Monument Designer:Vanessa Ranken


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 21st November, 1993
Front Inscription


This Plaque Commemorates
The Official Opening Of The Gardens
       JIM SMALL M.P.
    Member for Murray
on 21st November 1993.

Geoff. Brentnall President
Vanessa Ranken Garden Designer

Source: MA
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au
Proudly sponsored by UBC Web Design