The restoration and conservation of the Station Street Camellia Gardens is a complex project with most of the work taking place on land managed by Transport for NSW (TfNSW).
The planning for the project will take time to navigate through the various government departments and planning processes.
Works will all be guided under recommendations from relevant industry experts, consultants and contractors including heritage consultants, camellia specialists and irrigation consultants.
In addition, Council is in the final stages of preparing an Environmental Review for TfNSW.
Other works to be undertaken include final irrigation design and installation, installation of power for the irrigation control system, lamp post restoration, levelling of the garden beds and restoration of trachyte stone terraced walls, soil conditioning, fertilising and planting of new camellias. These works will compromise Stage 2 of works.
Investigations have revealed that power supply to the lamps is non-existent and the original wiring is not serviceable. The potential damage to the root system of the camellias through trenching for the lamp post wiring has ruled this option out and instead, a refurbishment of the original lamp posts with retrofitted solar lighting is proposed to be presented to TfNSW.
Council has also undertaken preliminary investigations into suitably qualified contractors to undertake the restoration of the trachyte stone walls.
The main works are expected to begin in September 2022.