New fence for iconic gardens

Albury’s much loved Botanic Gardens is about to get a new façade, with work starting this week on the upgraded perimeter fence.

The new brick column and decorative panel fence is being installed along the Smollett Street and Wodonga Place boundaries and the bridge entry on Dean Street.

The existing one-metre high cyclone fence has been in place since the 1960’s and the new fence, which will stand 1.8M tall will be a feature in its own right.

The fence design has been developed by dsb Landscape Architects to complement the heritage aspects of the gardens, specifically elements of the main entry gates in Wodonga Place which will be retained.

AlburyCity Mayor, Kevin Mack,  said the new fence and upgraded smaller entry gates will not only improve the external look of the gardens but will increase security and assist in combating vandalism.

“These gardens are often referred to as Albury’s ‘jewel in the crown’ and attract more than 300,000 visitors a year, so it’s important that they remain attractive and inviting,” Cr Mack said.

“The new fence will also allow us to lock the gardens at night.”

Parklands Albury Wodonga has the job of removing the existing fence in readiness for Reid Construction to install the new 320 metres of fencing.

The total cost of the project is $304,361 and work is scheduled for completion in May.