Everyone knows I’m a passionate gardener, so I was very pleased to organise $20,000 grant from the NSW Liberal government for the famous Campbell Rhododendron Gardens at Blackheath to assist in their restoration following the serious impacts of the summer bushfires.
Earlier this year I inspected the significant damage to the world renowned Rhododendron Gardens and was moved by the resilience and optimism of the small dedicated group of volunteers.
They faced a huge task to replace hundreds of destroyed plants and infrastructure and the restoration of the gardens to their popular prime.
The grant made available through Destination NSW is also a recognition by the NSW Liberal Government of the importance local attractions like the Campbell Rhododendron Gardens play in the local visitor economy.
I congratulate the dedicated team of volunteers at the Blue Mountains Rhododendron Society led by President Deborah Wells for their years of selfless service to the community of the Blue Mountains.
Please click here to read the story in the Blue Mountains Gazette.