Ku-ring-gai Council has been awarded $1.006 million from the New South Wales Government’s Places to Roam grant program to upgrade one of Wildflower Garden’s most popular walking tracks using recycled plastic. 

The grant will be used to upgrade the Ponds and Banks Track, comprising a boardwalk and sandstone track connecting the picnic area called Lamberts Clearing with the Garden’s function centre known as Caley’s Pavilion. 

The track is one of the most popular within Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden and the existing boardwalk will be upgraded to improve safety and accessibility. 

Surrounding bushland will also receive additional protection for endangered species including the Eastern Pygmy Possum.

The new boardwalk will be constructed from recycled plastic material which is more durable, low maintenance and resistant to moisture and insects such as termites.

The grant funding will also be used to provide interpretive signage on the area’s native plants and wildlife and its indigenous history.

In announcing the grant had been awarded,Ku-ring-gai Council Mayor, Jeff Pettett, said work on the new boardwalk was expected to start in the middle of 2023 and be completed within six months.

“The Wildflower Garden is fast becoming one of our most popular places for visitors to experience Ku-ring-gai’s beautiful environment,” Mayor Pettett said. 

“This project will make the garden more accessible for people with a disability and safer for bushwalkers. It will also raise awareness of the area’s Aboriginal heritage.”


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