COLAC Botanic Gardens advocates are “thrilled to bits” after opening a new path overlooking Lake Colac.
Colac Otway Shire Council representatives and Corangamite MP Darren Cheeseman officially unveiled the $180,000 path.
The path links the gardens to the lake foreshore with steps, and has a bench with an elevated view across the lake.
Friends of the Colac Botanic Gardens president Anne Mercer said she was glad the project had come to fruition after “several years” of work.
“I’m delighted and it’s already receiving favourable comment from people using it,” Mrs Mercer said.
“It’s easy for people to drive in and use it, they can use a walking frame on the walkway, and sit on the seat and look out,” she said.
“I’m thrilled to bits – the dry stone wall’s come up well and it’s most attractive.”
Mr Cheeseman encouraged Colac and district residents to visit the garden’s new attraction.
“The gardens and the lake are very much the crowning jewel of the Colac Otway Shire,” he said.
“I think it looks fantastic, I’m sure there will be a lot of people in Colac who haven’t been to the gardens in a long time and I encourage them to come down.
“It’s looking absolutely superb now with some water in the lake.”
Mayor Stephen Hart said the Federal Government had given $150,000 towards the path and the council contributed $30,000.
“This linking pathway, and the viewing platform, enhances the area and adds further value to the improvements that have taken place in this precinct during the past decade,” Cr Hart said.
Council chief Rob Small has degrees in horticulture and botany, and helped with early stages of the path.
Mr Small said the gardens played an important role in the community because it was where people connected with each other and the environment.