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Over the past 120 years the gardens have changed dramatically, none so much as during the completion of the Crossing Place Project.  The Crossing Place concept was developed in 2001 by a dedicated group of community members; the Crossing Place Committee. This group saw the potential of linking council plans, a Riverine Trail and Waterway Management Plan and the Benalla Botanical Gardens Conservation Plan with the addition of a Heritage Walk, to create one comprehensive plan for the whole area.  The Crossing Place Project aimed to develop and conserve Benalla’s remarkable heritage and environment, create economic growth and promote community development.

The Tomorrow:Today Foundation worked with the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) and the Crossing Place Committee to provide a way for community donations to the project to be tax deductible. Dame Elisabeth Murdoch was patron, and a strong supporter, of the fundraising for the Benalla Rose Garden component of the Crossing Place Project.  Just over $1m was spent over nearly three years to see the Project completed in early 2005.
 
Work carried out as part of the Crossing Place Project included:
 Reinstatement of the 1886 Botanic Gardens path design
 Improvements to the Gardens frontage and entrances
 Construction of the Rotary picnic shelter
 Design and construction of innovative new Rose Garden
 Gardens and foreshore lighting
 Completion of the walking track around Lake Benalla
 A new boardwalk near the ceramic mural
 An Elm Walk in front of the showgrounds
 


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