Project Diary - Museum Upgrade

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April 2019

Work started in March and continues this month to relocate historic agricultural equipment from the Museum of Riverina Botanic Gardens to an off-site storage location. A collection of ploughs, cultivators, rakes and a 1920s McCormick-Deering tractor (pictured below) were among the historic pieces moved; some of which are historically significant to the area.

The careful relocation and secure storage of the museum’s collection is an important stage in the redevelopment project. Architects are currently preparing a design for the redevelopment which includes an extension to the current building, modifications to the existing building and site landscaping.

Museum tractor relocation

tractor move museum

January 2019

More than $900,000 has been allocated for the delivery of a new project to enhance the Botanic Gardens precinct, with funding from Wagga Wagga City Council and the NSW Government's Regional Growth and Environment Tourism program.

The project forms part of the overall Botanic Gardens Master Plan and will:

  • Provide an accessible footpath with interactive stations to connect the Botanic Gardens and the Museum of the Riverina, so that visitors can move between the two precinct areas with greater ease.
  • Enhance the Bamboo gardens, improve and refurbish some of the animal enclosures at the zoo and install engaging and informative signage to educate visitors.

Below: Team members from the Botanic Gardens and the Museum of the Riverina take a look over the gardens' master plan at the announcement of a $900,000 project to improve the popular facility.

Funding announcement at Botanic Gardens

November 2019

Architects have started community consultation as part of the detailed design phase of the project. At the November meeting Councillors voted to accept Panovscott Pty Ltd’s tender for the detailed design stage of the redevelopment.

October 2018

The detailed design stage of the redevelopment will commence after a resolution by Councillors in the 29 October meeting to accept the successful tenderer.

Note: The site will be closed from 29 January 2019. Visitors are reminded that the Museum’s Historic Council Chambers site will remain open.

Video: Architectural concept showing the revamped outdoor display areas which will be incorporated into the upgrade of Museum of the Riverina's Botanic Gardens site.

September 2018

Passers by will see more than 50 metres of mesh wrapped around the site's fence.

Work has begun in the outdoor display areas of the museum. With landscaping works set to begin in early 2019, many of the display objects will need to be moved into safe temporary storage over coming months.

The below preliminary concept depicts terraced walkways carved into the hillside, enabling safe and easy access of the museum's outdoor display areas.

Specialist outdoor displays will showcase some of the more significant items from the museum's collection of agricultural innovations.

Landscape Plan

Image: Detail from the initial landscape plan showing terracing of outdoor display area. The site boundary at the bottom of image runs parallel to Lord Baden Powell Drive.


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