Children’s Garden reopened
AlburyCity has reopened the Albury Botanic Gardens Children’s Garden after work to relocate a fruit bat colony progressed better than expected.
There are currently no bats roosting in the gardens during daylight hours, and the small numbers that return overnight are relocated before 6am.
The promising result means children are now welcome to return to the popular Children’s Garden in time for the weekend. Normal opening hours will apply (8.30am to dusk everyday except Wednesday).
“We were really keen to reopen the children’s garden as soon as possible,” AlburyCity Team Leader of Parks and Recreation David Armstrong said. “The Botanic Gardens is a great community asset and it’s fantastic that we can reopen the entire area for community use.”
The rapid progress of the bat relocation program will also be welcome news for music lovers keen to enjoy the final performance in the Music in the Gardens series. Flautist Jane Rutter takes the stage at 1pm on Sunday and concert-goers can enjoy a bat-free Botanic Gardens show.
The relocation program will continue over coming days to ensure that no bats return to the gardens. Council will continue monitoring the situation with WIRES and representatives from the Australian Research Centre for Urban Ecology and the Office of Environment and Heritage.