Chief Minister Gallagher is letting it be known that there is to be a community festival to open the arboretum:
“The opening of the Arboretum is the realisation of many years of work to transform the site, which emerged from the ashes of the devastating Canberra bushfires, to be transformed into a place of beauty, tranquillity, recreation, research and learning.”
People can enjoy a wide range of activities on the day. These include:
— walking trails through rare and symbolic forests
— hands-on workshops for all ages including art activities and children’s amusements
— guided tours by the Friends of the National Arboretum and members of the Southern Tablelands Ecosystem Park
— sustainable garden advice from ACTEW Water at The Canberra Discovery Garden
— special talks by those involved in the Arboretum project including landscape architect Chris Johnstone and botanical consultant Mark Richardson.
Live music will keep people entertained throughout the day and kids will have the opportunity to fly kites in the outdoor amphitheatre.
The Chief Minister reminded people that there will be no parking available on site except for holders of a disability parking permit, event staff and volunteers. The best way to attend the opening festival is to utilise the free chartered Arboretum shuttle bus services which will operate from Canberra Stadium, Civic Bus Station, the bus stop servicing the Waldorf Apartments in Civic, the Federal Treasury building on Langton Crescent in Parkes, Stromlo Forest Park and Woden Bus Station.