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Council’s plan to restore Austinmer’s Glastonbury Garden is open for comment

Plans are underway to restore Austinmer’s famed Glastonbury Garden

THE much-loved Glastonbury Garden at Austinmer will receive a facelift with Wollongong City Council planning landscape improvements.

The proposed plans pay homage to the garden’s past by commemorating the work of Council gardener, Roxy Mossop who originally developed the park.

The plans will reinstate some of his original plantings which includes bringing back the garden beds at the Wigram Road entrance as well as the Avenue of Palms and Pines that once ran from Wigram Road to Lawrence Hargrave Drive.

Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery said Austinmer’s Glastonbury Garden is a historically significant area, which has provided the community a green space for playing, weddings, picnics, gatherings and just to relax for more than 50 years.

“We’re committed to preserving its natural beauty and are proposing a number of upgrades,” Cr Bradbery said.

“We’ve identified further planting opportunities in the park, along with maintenance upgrades, that will help elevate and complement the surroundings of the grounds.

“This is a last-minute call out for our residents to look at our plans and provide feedback. We’ve routinely maintained Austinmer’s valued and loved green space and we want to work with our community to see it thrive into the future.”

For more information about the history of the Glastonbury Garden, Council’s landscape plans and to provide feedback, visit Our Wollongong website. Feedback closes July 7, 2021.


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