Rejuvenation works for park

Major rejuvenation works on the front garden bed in Cameron Park have commenced with the work to be completed in time for the Wellington bicentenary celebrations in August. 

Dubbo Regional Council manager horticultural services, Ian McAlister, said it will involved the clearning out of garden beds prior to soil improvement works being carried out.

A new irrigation system will also be installed as part of the improvement program.

“A new planting plan has been established that reflects the Victorian heritage of Cameron Park and uses a variety of plants that will provide foliage and seasonal colour displays,” Mr McAlister said.

“This will include the establishment of a silver leaf hedge behind the wall, and plantings of perennials, bulbs and annuals.

“Additional shady trees will be planted within the garden beds that over time will help shade Namina Crescent.

“In autumn these trees will provide a striking colour contrast to the street tree planting which is currently being undertaken as part of the Wellington CBD beautification works.”

The park’s history dates back to 1859 where following lobbying from the Wellington Improvement Society five acres was set aside between the winding Bell River and the town’s main street. 

It was officially proclaimed in 1882 as Bell Park.

The park was laid out in 1909-10 using Andrew Alfred (A.A) Patterson’s design, and was based on Princes Street Park in Edinburgh, Scotland.

It was renamed Cameron Park in 1910 to honour the Mayor, Ald. Thomas Cameron for his energetic work in establishing it.

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