New Humphrey St park crowned

MEMBERS of the Derwent Valley Council’s outside workforce have been earning praise for their work in the development of a new garden at the Humphrey St reserve in New Norfolk. Several members of the staff took a personal interest in the creation of the Queen’s Jubilee Garden, which was funded by the federal government. Their personal touch is most evident in the design of two park benches. Originally a little bit plain in their design, the benches are now topped with crowns thanks to the efforts of the staff.

Speaking at the official opening last month, the federal Member for Lyons, Brian Mitchell, said the planting of trees for the Queen’s Jubilee program was a fitting way to honour the late Queen and her legacy of 70 years as head of state. “I would like to congratulate the Derwent Valley Council on completion of this project, which has made such a difference to this community space. Planting regionally appropriate species that enhance the tree canopy will also leave a legacy of its own – in the form of trees flourishing across the nation for Australians to enjoy into the future,” Mr Mitchell said.

“I would like to congratulate the Derwent Valley Council on completion of this project, which has made such a difference to this community space,” he said. “I am very proud the Federal Government was able to support this project with $12,000 funding through the Planting Trees for The Queen’s Jubilee Program. The program supported community groups and local councils to honour the Queen and the legacy of her achievements during the year of her Jubilee through commemorative tree planting events.”

The council contributed the remainder of the total cost of the project, which reached about $15,000. Mayor Michelle Dracoulis said she hoped the native tree and formal garden, located by the Lachlan River in Humphrey Street, would help to create an appealing park for locals and visitors to admire, and provide shade and shelter for generations of locals and visitors to come.

“We’re extremely proud to have such a creative and talented local team working for the council, with all of the labour and works to create the garden completed by the outdoor works team,” Cr Dracoulis said. “The wood used for the custom-made, crown-topped benches comes from Karanja Timbers, and the trees and plants used were selected by the council’s head gardener for their English heritage, significance to the Queen, and to fit with the Platinum Jubilee theme.”

“The main feature tree in the garden is the English elm, also known as the majesty of the wood, and is surrounded by Queen’s Lavender. Lining the path to the tree are crimson queen maples and Elizabeth magnolias. These are supported by Tasmanian natives including silver banksia, and platinum woolly bush, as well as river red gum trees.”

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