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Garden seeks carers

Friday, 9th August, 2013

Margaret Lesjak would like more people to join the Riddiford Arboretum committee. Margaret Lesjak would like more people to join the Riddiford Arboretum committee.

By Emily Roberts

The Riddiford Arboretum committee is putting out a call for more members.

Former committee secretary, Margaret Lesjak, said a lack of interest was putting the future of the Arboretum in Galena Street in jeopardy.

Ms Lesjak said the committee members also worked at the Arboretum but were finding they couldn’t do as much.

“It’s not a place for people who can’t do things,” she said.

“We would have meetings on the weekends where we go out and work at the Arboretum.”

The Arboretum features trees and shrubs native to the region and is situated opposite the Centro shopping centre. It was set up in 1988 on land that was a repair and oil transfer depot for the Silverton Tramway.

Ms Lesjak said having a bigger committee would make for easier maintenance.

“When the Volunteer Expo was held there was a push to encourage more people to join,” Ms Lesjak said.

“I think anyone can join but you have to like being outside and doing gardening.”

The Arboretum was a beautiful place to relax, she said.

“It’s opposite the plaza and you can wind down after shopping,” Ms Lesjak said.

Councillor Marion Browne said it was important to encourage more people to join the committee.

“It was discussed at the last Council meeting,” she said. “We wanted to try and get some support - hopefully attract a community group or some young people to take responsibility.

“We haven’t given up hope.”

Clr Browne suggested that a group be formed to help the committee.

“It is an icon in Broken Hill and things can’t be left to look after themselves. People need to keep an eye on it,” she said.

For more information, call Council on 8080 3300.

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