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A second arboretum?

By johnboy - 5 December 2006 7

The Minister for Territories, Jim Lloyd, put out a media release yesterday announcing that the Government was going to spend $1 million upgrading the EXISTING Lindsay Pryor Arboretum on Yarramundi reach.

Can someone please explain the relationship of the Lindsay Pryor Arboretum to the Chief Minister’s budding arboretum?

(Incidentally Lindsay Pryor was apparently the father of the Canberra Times’ cartoonist Geoff Pryor and how the Walkleys could overlook our Pryor is frankly beyond comprehension)

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7 Responses to
A second arboretum?
seepi 2:58 pm 05 Dec 06

but where are the millions of tourists that arboreta bring in?

captainwhorebags 1:40 pm 05 Dec 06

It’d be a third arboretum. T G Weston planted an arboretum in Yarralumla which formed the basis of Westbourne Woods, and provides plenty of shade for the Canberra elite whilst they enjoy 18 holes at Royal Canberra.

Pandy 11:42 am 05 Dec 06

Thousands of phallic symbols. That is your answer.

emd 11:10 am 05 Dec 06

I wonder how many schools could be kept open by cancelling the Stanhope Tree Museum? Or how many elective surgeries could be done at TCH, reducing their waiting lists?

Oooh how about something really novel: a stand-alone Birth Centre, as recommended in the Legislative Assembly review published about two years ago and never acted upon by Corbell or Gallagher. Just think, they could be assisting Canberra’s growth instead of planting trees during a drought.

simto 11:08 am 05 Dec 06

Well, that explains that one, then – it’s another pissing contest between the ACT government and the feds. Wouldn’t want to run short of those, would we?

Thumper 10:35 am 05 Dec 06

I don’t know about the links between the two but this arboretum (Yarramundi)has been around for ages.

Interesting that the Stanhope Hanging Gardens are being built overlooking yarramundi reach given that Yarramundi I believe is federally controlled.

It kind of adds weight to the question of why do we need another arboretum? Why not a bilateral agreement between the federal government and the ACT government to upgrade and expand the Yarramundi reach area?

paperboy 10:34 am 05 Dec 06

The Lindsay Prior Arboretum was set up by Canberra’s founding fathers between Yarramundi Reach and Scrivvener Dam. These days it looks like nothing more than a few pine trees, but originally it was planted with several varieties of trees to discover what will and will not grow in Canberra’s climate. The area was partially damaged by bushfires, and the money will, apparently, restore it to it’s original, or near original condition. Next question. If we have one Arboretum, why do we need another?

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