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The toilet block behind the playground at the Benalla BotanicalGardens will be demolished in coming weeks in preparation for the construction of an exciting new nature-based playground.

The $610,000 project (see funding partners below) has been designed by Andrew Laidlaw, who designed the award winning children’s garden at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Melbourne.

The iconic rocket slide, which turns 50 this year, will remain, but will undergo conservation works following negotiations with Heritage Victoria.

Tenders for the landscaping work will be completed this week, with work on the toilet block and the playground to be carried out concurrently.

The project is anticipated to be completed by the end of November, weather permitting. The existing playground will be closed for the duration of the project. Visitors will be guided by signs on site to use the playground at nearby Jaycee Island and the toilets situated closer to the Benalla Art Gallery.
 
plans of new adventure playground
 
Features of the adventure playground
 Ropes course and hammock
 A “hobbit cave” and pathways to explore
 Meandering symbolic river course and mud play area
 A protected area for smaller children to play in
 Materials used in the construction will be natural and sympathetic with their setting in the Gardens
 

Features of the new toilet block
 Set back to allow more space for the playground
 Accessible toilets and wider stalls for easy family use
 Placement close to and in line of sight of BBQ area for convenience
 Outside hand washing area for cleaning up after play
 Designed to be sympathetic with heritage values of the area
 

Funding Partners
 State Government $400,000
 Benalla Rural City Council $165,000
 Friends of the Gardens $10,000
 Tomorrow Today Foundation $15,000
 In kind contributions: Hands on Learning, Rotary, Lions, Friends of the Gardens, GOTAFE $20,000
 Total $610,000
 

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