Khancoban Rose Garden to be Redeveloped

Published on 06 June 2018

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Raising garden beds, landscaping, establishment of new plantings, and new granite pathways are all part of the works to be undertaken to re-invigorate the fifty-seven year old rose garden at Khancoban.

Council Director Assets and Infrastructure Matt Christensen said the rose garden was a sentimental and important local feature for Khancoban.

“Council has allocated funds within its Operational Budget to give the garden a much deserved overhaul and facelift to ensure it continues to be a beautiful and meaningful amenity for Khancoban,” Mr Christensen said.

The Lady Hudson Rose Garden was originally established over several years commencing in 1959 when Khancoban was recognised as a permanent township. Len McInnes, working for the then Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electric Authority was given the task of designing the garden.

By 1961, one thousand five hundred roses had been planted, clumped together in colourful groups of five to seven plants.

Today, the rose garden is a popular site for weddings, and a lovely spot to visit while in Khancoban.

Mr Christensen said Council is seeking tenders from suitably qualified and experienced contractors to assist with the redevelopment.

“The scope of works includes demolition, irrigation and various hard and soft landscaping components in order to construct a new facility in line with the architectural drawings,” Mr Christensen said.

Mr Christensen said that Council had also met with members of the Khancoban community including the Khacoban United Volunteers Association to discuss the project and get their feedback.

“The community gave us lots of great feedback and suggestions for extra features,” Mr Christensen said.

“All feedback will be considered and we will revisit the budget and scope of works after we receive the tender prices.”

The redevelopment of the rose garden includes raising the existing garden beds, landscaping of the area around the rose garden beds including the establishment of new plantings, edges, hedging and new decomposed granite pathways.

The garden will also be linked to the town’s shopping centre with the construction of a new concrete pathway, and new pedestrian lights will be installed along the existing pathway that links the rose garden to the caravan park.

Mr Christensen said the successful tenderer will work closely with Snowy Valleys Council on recreating the rose garden as a focal point for the Khancoban township and visitors.

For further enquiries on the tender process please contact Snowy Valleys Council’s Acting Manager of Construction, Matt Stubbs on 02 6941 2400 or [email protected]