Garden provides dry tropics education

Date published: 2 October 2020

Townsville City Council has officially opened a water demonstration garden in Anderson Gardens today.

The garden was designed to demonstrate water efficiency in the dry tropics, and focusses on using the correct types of soil, hydro zoning, low to medium water use native plants, drought tolerant grasses and targeted​, water efficient irrigation.

Mayor Jenny Hill said the garden would work as an educational tool for residents looking to incorporate water smart methods into their own gardens.

“Townsville is a dry tropics city and educating residents to understand what that means in terms of our water supply and consumption is an important piece of work that Council continues to undertake,” Cr Hill said.

“The idea of having this demonstration garden in a public space is to provide inspiration and education to residents who are wanting a thriving garden of their own in the dry tropics.

“Townsville residents use a significant amount of water on their gardens and we can reduce this significantly by choosing the right plants, soils,​ turf and irrigation we’re using.

“I look forward to seeing residents creating similar gardens at home as we all work together to become a water wise city.”

Member for Townsville Scott Stewart said the Water Smart Package was vital to help the city’s water security.

“The Palaszczuk Government is pleased to help fund this demonstration garden which will help teach the community about water efficiency, something incredibly important in North Queensland,” Mr Stewart said.

“We have a commitment to Townsville’s water security and that’s why we funded stages one and two of the Haughton Pipeline.”

The Anderson Gardens demonstration garden is part of the Water Smart Package funded by the State Government’s $225 million 3-point water security solution.