OPINION: Tonnes of work done on the Great Western Highway

SNAPSHOT: Western Advocate reader Michelle Hahn caught this dark and stormy image at Eglinton on Monday. 101217snap
SNAPSHOT: Western Advocate reader Michelle Hahn caught this dark and stormy image at Eglinton on Monday. 101217snap

THE roadworks may well be over along the Great Western Highway at Kelso, but Parade has come across a few facts she thought she’d share.

The project, which was designed to double the capacity of a 2.8 kilometre section of road, cost $104 million and took almost 2.5 years to complete.

Works were completed three months ahead of schedule despite some challenges including 106 days of wet weather.

During the upgrade, 138 trees had to be removed, but, more than 600 news trees were planted, along with 4000 shrubs and 8000 groundcover plants.

Also, more than 69,000 cubic metres of earth was moved to make way for 32,188 tonnes of concrete and 20,822 tonnes of asphalt.

What a garden lover’s delight

IF you’re on your way to Sydney next month, don’t miss the Garden of Earthly Delights in the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden

The event is on November 11 and 12 and is part of the garden’s 30th birthday celebration.

Conversations with icon Jenny Kee and performances from Ancient Greek ‘Bacchant’ dancers are among some of the event’s highlights.

More than 50 live performers, musicians and visual artists will engage in song, dance, poetry, theatre and exhibition in a culmination of creativity that will transform Australia’s best-loved cool-climate botanic garden into a vibrant stage for one magical weekend.

Festival Artistic director Susan Cochrane said the event was partly inspired by Hieronymus Bosch’s world-famous painting with the same title.

“The Garden of Earthly Delights will be a unique fusion of nature and culture for all the community to enjoy,’ she said.

“Dress as a steampunk or a fairy, discover ephemeral installations, dally under the Poet Tree, delight in music and song - it is the perfect way to celebrate the 30th Birthday of this treasure.”

Entry is free. For more information visit https://www.bluemountainsbotanicgarden.com.au/whatson/The-Garden-Of-Earthly-Delights.