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Griffith City Council’s newly formed Rose Garden Working Group met for the first time this week to consider potential uses for the site.

The small, yet passionate group has been tasked with helping transform the old Ex-Servicemen’s Club Bowling Green into an attractive community space.

The Garden has the potential to be an eye-catching feature for tourists stopping at the Griffith Visitors Information Centre as well as being utilised for a wide range of events.

Deputy Mayor Dino Zappacosta, who is Chair of the Rose Garden Working Group, said he was delighted to have such an enthusiastic team on board.

Other members of the Group are Councillor Rina Mercuri, Dorothy McCorkelle, Kerrie Brill, Annette Coates, Brian Sainty, Patricia Toscan, Pamela Gulloni, Denise Bennett, Joy and Bruno Plos.

“We met on-site for the first time on Wednesday to inspect the area to get a feel of the space and look at the possible focus for the rose garden itself,” Cr Zappacosta said.

“We looked from the Visitors Centre Car Park perspective and the main Jondaryan Avenue entrance. Having done that committee members will now go away and do their own investigations and come back to the next meeting with ideas of what they think it should look like.

“Following that we will be asking landscapers or professional designers, actually anyone with expertise, to submit ideas.

“There is a lot happening in this area of Griffith, we’ve got the CBD upgrade, Spring Fest Paella Launch Party as well as our visitors entering the city. There is a great deal of potential for an exciting community space that will be used by a broad cross-section and appeal to many different groups.”

While the central theme will be a rose garden, Cr Zappacosta said, the space would be so much more.

“The basic concept is a Rose Garden but we will be looking at what other features we can incorporate such as open spaces, archways, seating and lawn areas and a whole range of other plants including hedges,” Cr Zappacosta said.

“We are basing the concept on roses because the benefit of roses is that they flower on and off throughout the season from mid spring to autumn, making them desirable garden plants.

“I am extremely happy to have such an enthusiastic group of people all bringing their own strengths to the Working Group.”

The Rose Garden Working Group will meet next on Wednesday 12 September, 2018 with members of the public invited to make suggestions to the Group by contacting Council on 6962 8100 or by emailing