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History

Grounds before the gardens

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 Rankin 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.

Pipe Work

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.

The gardens water supply was a problem until a bore put down by the Berrigan Shire on Golf Course Rd was able to be used. This involved putting a pipe line down Howard St to the gardens. A zoned watering system was then installed.

Two large 50 year old palm trees were transplanted from Seppelts vineyards to the main entrance of the gardens in Nangunia St.

The Barooga Early Childhood Association provided funds for the initial playground equipment. The play area proved very popular. In 1995 the playground equipment was able to be doubled due to a grant of $3,000 from The Department of Sport, Recreation and Racing which was combined with $4,500 of committee funds.

The lake, originally planned for the gardens was considered inappropriate due to the large amount of water draining to the gardens in times of heavy rainfall. A smaller water feature was planned instead.

The committee along with volunteers from the community laboured to create a beautiful water feature. Excavation and the lining of the pond, along with the water circulating pump and electrical work were done at a reduced cost by local contractors. The rock boulders for the surrounds and waterfall, were collected from farm properties with great endeavour by volunteer labour.

The bridge between the ponds was constructed and supplied by Yarroweyah Engineering and the pool fence was constructed by a local contractor with funds raised by the residents of the Barooga township. The Electricity costs are funded by the Berrigan Shire.

The pond goldfish are growing and increasing in numbers creating great interest for those visiting. Ducks also find the pond to be a safe haven for their young in the spring.

The water feature was opened Sunday 26th November 2006, 2pm.