The Canberra Times has the happy news that the Jon Stanhope Memorial Tree Farm (aka Canberra International Arboretum and Gardens) is being inundated with embassies wanting to put down a grove.
Also 80% of you are reportedly now in favour of the project. We’d love to see how that question was phrased.
There are other big plans for the tree farm too:
- The arboretum board hopes the project will eventually include an Australian National University research centre, a permanent display of a national bonsai collection, a chapel, 100 gardens, picnic areas, a visitor centre, cafes and meeting rooms, a world-class amphitheatre, a sustainable potable water supply, public art and topiary and possibly a five-star hotel.
The only thing holding up these grand designs is a strange reluctance by the Federales and the corporate sector to devote their own money.