THE Rockhampton Botanic Gardens and Zoo will open to the public this weekend in time for Easter, just six weeks after being devastated by TC Marcia.
Rockhampton Regional Council's Sport and Recreation Committee chair Cr Cherie Rutherford said the majority of the Botanic Gardens is now safe and ready for public access thanks to the hard work and dedication of council staff, contractors and the Australian Defence Force.
"The Gardens Tea Room and Kiosk, children's playground and all other areas of the gardens, except for the fruit grove and experimental gardens are now open for business and ready for visitors." Cr Rutherford said.
"Parking is currently not available inside the Botanic Gardens, however there is plenty of parking off Phyllis Street at the entrance to the Japanese Gardens.
"The level of destruction at the Botanic Gardens was heartbreaking and the clean-up and removal of many significant trees has taken a physical and emotional toll on all concerned.
"I am extremely proud of the efforts of Council staff and the care and respect they have shown in clearing what is considered one of the Region's treasures.
"The Botanic Gardens is again a beautiful place to visit and will provide a wonderful experience, but our community needs to prepare itself for a very different Botanic Gardens to the one they knew before Marcia," she said.
There has also been significant clean-up work at Kershaw Gardens, but unfortunately the Australian Native Gardens has suffered more than just tree damage and will remain closed for some months. Read more here: Marcia uprooted trees, exposed unearthed landfill rubbish