By Colleen Bariae – EMTV, Lae
The Lae Botanical Gardens has received attention from private business houses in Lae for a major facelift.
Following today’s meeting by the PNG Forest Research Institute and corporate houses involved in the garden’s rehabilitation, PNGNFRI Acting Director Dr. Martin Golman raised concerns on limited land allocations for recreational avenues.
Portions of recreational land in Lae city that have been taken up by other developments.
PNGFRI’s Dr. Martin Golman’s concerns come after a few areas in the city were given for recreational developments but taken away for other developments.
“Places have been taken up for buildings and for other infrastructures. For example the Vocco Point, that area used to be free,” Dr. Golman said.
Lae Botanical Garden has plans of undergoing major rehabilitation that will give a relaxing recreational area for both Lae residents and the visiting public.
PNGFRI, with a few corporate houses in Lae, have come together to redevelop Lae Botanical Garden, with the aim to transform this 60-year-old garden.
The Botanical Gardens which located in the heart of Lae city has seen little change since its creation.
Today, a garden designing company from Australia launched design plans of Lae Botanical Gardens withPNGFRI and members of Port Moresby’s Nature Park.
The 38-hectare botanical garden in the country’s industrial hub has potential of becoming a world-class garden that could be a potential tourist attraction.