On September 20 Girgarre will launch its Gargarro business case and hold a tree-planting day, when the first seeds for an eastern perimeter tree line, and the ambitious project more broadly, will be laid.
And everyone is invited.
The Gargarro project, which involves the installation of botanical gardens in Girgarre, has been bubbling away for some time.
However a $350,000 Victorian Government Small Town Transformation grant received by the committee earlier this year, combined with community matching and additional support, to offer the project committee almost $850,000 worth of value, had allowed the group to really get started.
From this funding, one of Gargarro’s first creations will emerge – a soundshell amphitheatre designed for music gigs, dance recitals, opera performances and anything else the committee can dream up.
Part of the grant will also allow for composer Graeme Leak and laser guru Robin Fox to create unique audio-visual projects in the community during an 18-month period.
Mr McDonald said the biggest worry was that the events might attract up to 10,000 people to the town.
He said excitement in Girgarre was noticeable in response to the project and that if anything, there was a desire for it to be moving along faster.
‘‘Certainly the community sees it as a legacy project,’’ Mr McDonald said.
‘‘We’re sure that if it’s successful, it will change Girgarre forever.’’
Project director Jan Smith encouraged anyone interested in being part of the event to come along.
‘‘This day will be significant in Girgarre’s history,’’ she said.
‘‘We would love for anyone with an interest in this project to come along and plant one of the first trees in what will become an amazing garden.’’
The Gargarro botanic gardens business case launch and tree-planting day will be held on September 20 at 11am on the corner of Curr and Winter Rd in Girgarre.