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New Buninyong Garden Gates
New entrance gates are in the works at the Buninyong Botanic Gardens.
The project is being undertaken by local company Stockade Stone Build
and was designed by David Hay Landscaping.
Funding from the State Government for the stone walled entrances was
secured by the Friends of Buninyong Gardens to mark the Gardens’s 150th
The first stage of the project, which began in July, involves laying concrete
foundations. Walls, fencing and landscaping are expected to be completed
An official opening of the new gates, open to all Ballarat and region residents,
will be held on Sunday, 13 November, marking the culmination of the
Gardens’s 150th anniversary celebrations.
Marking the Trail
Emergency markers will be installed along the Ballarat Skipton Rail Trail, in a
joint project of City of Ballarat and the Emergency Services Telecommunication
The first stage of the project involves collecting spatial data including GPS
coordinates and determining the content of signs.
City of Ballarat Councillor Des Hudson said the project would be the first
of its kind to be implemented in the region.
“The markers are used as an aid for emergency services personnel when
dispatched to remote locations. They make it easier for people not familiar
with the area or too distressed to think clearly to give a clear and accurate
indication of where they are.”
The Trail is one of the longest of its kind emanating from Ballarat. Similar
projects have been undertaken in Melbourne parks including the You Yangs
with proven success.
The emergency markers project has received support from the Ballarat
Bicycle Users Group (BalBUG) who believe it will assist with the image of
Ballarat as a cycling destination.
BuNINyONG BOTANIC GARDeNS
The Buninyong Botanic Gardens was opened in 1861,
making it one of the oldest in Victoria
The land for the gardens was first reserved in 1859 by the
first Buninyong Municipal Council
The original specimens of trees and plants in the gardens
were donated by Ferdinand Von Mueller from the
Melbourne Botanical Gardens, the curators of Ballarat
and Geelong Gardens, the State Nursery at Creswick and
The Gong reservoir was greatly increased in 1876 following
a devastating fire to ensure an adequate water supply
In 1990, the Old Sandstone Courthouse and its immediate
surroundings were added to the Gardens Reserves
In 1999, Heritage Victoria registered the Gardens and Gong
on the Victorian Heritage Register
Below: Cr Ben Taylor enjoys the scenic outlook at the new entrance gates at the
Buninyong Botanic Gardens.
BALLARAT SkIpTON RAIL TRAIL
The Rail Trail is a 53km tour through farmland, old towns,
forests and historic areas
Recent surveys have recorded 32 species of mammal along
the Rail Trail including the endangered koala, common
dunnart, brush-tailed phascogale and the common bent-
The first section of the line (Ballarat to Scarsdale) was
opened in 1883, including stations at Haddon, Smythesdale
and Scarsdale. The total project cost was £25,779
Extensions to the line were opened in 1890 (Scarsdale to
Linton. Project cost £52,256) and 1916 (Linton to Skipton.
Project cost £65,000)
In 1920, a Royal Train carrying the Prince of Wales travelled
between Colac and Ballarat
The railway line closed on 27 September, 1985
Above: Cr Des Hudson takes a stroll along the Ballarat Skipton Rail Trail, which will
soon be dotted with emergency markers.
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