Chief Minister Stanhope has proudly announced that the Commonwealth is going to chip in $20 million over four years for his arboretum.
As an extra bonus Prime Minister Gillard has planted a sapling in the tree park grown from the tree of knowledge, sacred to the memory of all Labor’s true believers.
Readers who have been waiting for an announcement on federal funding for the Centenary of Canberra will no doubt be thrilled to learn that the tree park funding appears to be what we’re getting for that:
The Prime Minister said it is particularly appropriate for the Commonwealth Government to mark the centenary of Canberra, a capital of which all Australians can be proud, with a gift that will benefit both the people of Canberra and the Australian community as a whole.
It will not only become a national education, research and tourist resource but symbolises the journey of renewal for the people of Canberra as the forests replace the landscape scarred by the 2003 bushfires.
Mr Stanhope said today’s planting represented the growing national importance of the Arboretum.
“The ACT Government’s vision for the Arboretum is to create a unique and lasting legacy for Canberra and the Australian community,” Mr Stanhope said. “By its official opening in 2013 to mark the centenary of Canberra, the Arboretum will showcase 100 forests of rare and endangered species from across the globe, as well as a mosaic of permanent gardens.”
The Prime Minister encouraged all Australians to participate in the centenary celebrations in 2013. “The celebrations will give people the opportunity to discover the many things that Canberra has to offer and to appreciate its beauty and distinctive character”.