How Friends Support ERBG

Ordinary People Achieving Extraordinary Things

Over 30 years ago community members with vision dared to dream of carving a flora reserve out of a degraded site 5km south of Batemans Bay. Ten hectares of clay and topsoil were removed to construct the Deep Creek dam wall for the community water supply in 1982.

The Friends of Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Gardens was formed in September 1986.

Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Gardens is an extraordinary example of community action – and of long term vision for future generations.

Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Gardens is an extraordinary example of community action – and of long term vision for future generations.  In the ensuing years Friends, Eurobodalla Shire Council and the community, through vision and hard work, have created a community asset, focussing solely on indigenous plants from the region, making it unlike any other in the world.

Severe Weather Events Have Created Setbacks Over the Years

Bushfire (1994)

Bushfire (1994)

Bushfire (1994)

Flood (2007)

Windstorm (2010)

Windstorm (2010)

Achievements and Features of the Gardens

The Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Gardens provide the community with an enjoyable and educational experience. Eight kilometres of beautiful walks, shade and native flora await the visitor. Seats along the walks, playing space, and free barbecues attract families.

The Gardens provide an opportunity for community members to involve themselves in maintaining a unique community facility, regarded as the flagship conservation site of the Eurobodalla Shire.

Friends raise funds, obtain grant funding and freely give many hours of volunteer labour to support and develop these Gardens. Their achievements include:

Regional Seedbank (2013)

Purpose-built Gardens' workshop

Interpretive signs for arboretum

Children's Play Space (2012)

Children's Play Space (2012)

Children's Play Space (2012)

Heritage-listed Wallace Herbarium holding more than 13 000 plant specimens

Limited Mobility Walk

Sensory Garden (2007)

  • Xeriscape Garden
  • Sandstone Garden (2008-9)
  • Aboriginal Heritage Walk (2008)

Children's Walk (2006)

Open Air Classroom (More than 500 Year 4 students participate annually)

Arboretum

Arboretum

A Range of Educational Brochures

Community Events Including the Annual Giant Plant Sale and Easter Fair Enjoyed by More Than 2000 Locals and Visitors (2016)

Annual Photographic Competition and Calendar - Featuring 100s of Entries From Junior and Adult Photographers

Walking tracks

Walking tracks

Walking tracks

Bridges

Deep Creek Dam Viewing Platform

Deep Creek Dam Viewing Platform

Amphitheatre

Amphitheatre

Amphitheatre

Sheds

Free Barbeques and Picnic Area

Free Barbeques and Picnic Area

Free Barbeques and Picnic Area

Free Barbeques and Picnic Area

 

Visitor Centre

Visitor numbers have risen year by year as the Gardens mature: in 2008/2009, 23,474 people visited the Gardens, from local, intra- and interstate, and overseas. Visitor numbers have skyrocketed with more than 56,000 visiting in 2015/2016. ERBG provides an open space that is accessible to all and does not charge an entry fee.

Ongoing Volunteering

The relationship between Eurobodalla Shire Council and Friends is one of mutual assistance and support. The ratio of community volunteers to paid staff is extraordinarily high compared with other Botanic Gardens across NSW and ACT. Many volunteers are members of the Friends.

Visitor Centre (2001)

Friends, as Volunteers

Carry Out the Scientific Work of the Herbarium

Lead the Sunday Morning Walks; a Monthly Free Opportunity for Visitors to Enjoy the Gardens and Learn About the Gardens' Aims and Objectives

Assist With the Shire's Environmental Education Program for More Than 500 Year 4 Primary School Students Annually

Interact With Visitors at the Reception Desk

Propagate Plants, Weed and Mulch

Propagate Plants, Weed and Mulch and Stock the Plant Nursery

Build and Maintain Infrastructure Such as Bridges and Landscaping

 

Through their work as volunteers, members of the Friends of ERBG are protecting and enhancing our natural environment through the conservation of a significant collection of Australian native flora. Their support means that the Gardens provides research, information and a display of plant life and its horticultural value. In times of drought, educating the community about growing native plants fits in with other public initiatives to save water.

Partnerships

Over the past 30 years Friends (and Eurobodalla Shire Council as our main/major partner) has worked with many groups to achieve the Gardens we have today. Our partners have included:

  • Commonwealth Department of Environment;
  • Forestry Corporation of NSW; Roads and Maritime Services;
  • The local Aboriginal community;
  • Eurobodalla Natural History Society
  • NSW Government Community Building Partnerships;
  • Green Corps and Skillshare participants,
  • Land & Environment Action Program (LEAP);
  • Commonwealth Jobskills Program;
  • Greening Australia;
  • Southern Rivers Catchment Management Authority;
  • Community Partnership Fund Project,
  • B J Dahl Trust;
  • Batemans Bay Rotary Club;
  • School of Environmental Design Canberra CAE (now University of Canberra);
  • Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology;
  • IMB;
  • TAFE horticultural students;
  • Skyline Tree Services;
  • Australian Native Plant Society, Canberra Region;
  • Eurobodalla Photographic Club.

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