Construction begins on café extension at Geelong Botanic Gardens

Wednesday, 12 June 2024

Construction has started on a new covered verandah for the café in the iconic Tea House building within the Geelong Botanic Gardens.

Funded via the Federal Government's Local Roads and Community Infrastructure program, the café extension will provide customers a comfortable sheltered outdoor space to dine in.

Heritage Victoria issued the planning permit as Geelong Botanic Gardens and Eastern Park is listed on the Victorian Heritage Register with State Significance.

Prior to plans being submitted to Heritage Victoria, an x-ray of the ground was conducted to survey the tree root systems and ensure the new structure would avoid disturbing tree roots.

The café, known as WYM (Where You Meet), is located in the heart of the Geelong Botanic Gardens and offers a delightful space for friends and family to gather and enjoy a coffee as well as a variety of lunch delicacies and locally sourced treats.

Greater Geelong Mayor Trent Sullivan

The Geelong Botanic Gardens is one of the region’s most beautiful green spaces and I encourage everyone to explore the trails and enjoy a visit to the café.

Eastern Park and the Botanic Gardens have significant historical importance for the state of Victoria.

The new café verandah will provide covered outdoor seating for customers, making WYM an even more enjoyable place to meet and relax in the gardens.

Geelong based construction company TRAK Constructions has been engaged to complete the project.

Spanning 3.6 hectares, the Geelong Botanic Gardens feature intensely cultivated spaces dominated by mature 19th-century tree plantings, including rare exotic species alongside more recent additions.

The fourth oldest botanic garden in Australia, the gardens are home to some of the finest examples of trees in Victoria, many of which are listed on the National Trust of Australia (Victoria) Register of Significant Trees.

Councillor Eddy Kontlelj, Chair of the Active Spaces portfolio

The gardens have evolved and developed over time and offer something for everyone to enjoy.

Free guided tours from The Friends of Geelong Botanic Gardens are available to take you through the gardens' rich history, including original heritage buildings and significant tree collections.

It serves as a vital green space for the community, offering a peaceful environment to explore and learn about botanical history and conservation.

Entry to the Geelong Botanic Gardens is free and it is open every day of the year from 8am to 5pm (8am to 7pm during Daylight Savings hours).

WYM cafe will operate regular trading hours throughout the construction works.

For more information visit the Geelong Botanic Gardens website

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