Today I announced the Campbell Rhododendron Gardens at Blackheath has received a $20,000 grant as a contribution toward restoration works following the recent devastating 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.

The Blue Mountains is the second most visited destination in NSW and the Blackheath Rhododendron Gardens have a global reputation particular within Asia and the popular Rhododendron festival in November drawing huge crowds.

As we deal with our current pandemic crisis on the back of the devastating summer bushfires it is special places like the Rhododendron Gardens that are playing a critical role in rebuilding the visitor experience and economy in the Blue Mountains.

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.

Across the whole Blue Mountains and especially at the Campbell Rhododendron Gardens, local volunteers put in a huge valuable effort to give our community that appeal that is unique to the Blue Mountains villages. The NSW Liberal government values and thanks you for your community service. 

Please click here to read the story in the Blue Mountains Gazette. 

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