Historic gatekeepers cottage breathes new life as refurbishment works get underway

The historic gatekeepers cottage at the Ballarat Botanical Gardens is beginning to breathe new life. 

The cottage’s roof and chimneys have been restored, as part of a Friends of the Ballarat Botanical Gardens and City of Ballarat refurbishment project. 

The old gatekeepers cottage at Ballarat Botanical Gardens. Picture: Kate Healy

The old gatekeepers cottage at Ballarat Botanical Gardens. Picture: Kate Healy

The work follows the return of the old Botanical Gardens gatekeepers cottage to its original home in June 2017, after almost 85 years situated at 1414 Gregory Street. 

The City of Ballarat is currently working with community groups and local service clubs to discuss options for the refurbishment of the cottage and identify the next stages of its redevelopment, according to City of Ballarat mayor Samantha McIntosh. 

The City of Ballarat is also looking for community and state partners to fund the project.

It is estimated the gatekeeper's cottage was erected in the Ballarat Botanical Gardens in the late 19th century.

The old gatekeepers cottage at Ballarat Botanical Gardens. Picture: Kate Healy

The old gatekeepers cottage at Ballarat Botanical Gardens. Picture: Kate Healy

Councillors voted to approve the former gatekeeper's cottage’s return to the gardens as part of the fernery redevelopment project in 2017.

It is hoped it will be used as an education facility, primarily for popular children’s program Botani Kids.

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