Queens Gardens to be studied

The Cenotaph in shadow against the morning sky. The monument and everything else in Queens...
The Cenotaph in shadow against the morning sky. The monument and everything else in Queens Gardens, including the trees, is being studied as part of a conservation management plan. Photo by Dan Hutchinson

Queens Gardens and the Cenotaph are the subject of a detailed conservation plan that will outline the future of the area.

The Dunedin City Council has been given up to $20,000 towards the cost of the plan by the Lottery Grants Board as part of its funding of World War 1 centenary commemorations.

Dunedin City Council policy planner heritage Dr Glen Hazelton said the plan would cover everything including the paths, trees, statues and the Cenotaph.

''It was identified as part of the central city plan as an important outdoor space but also because of the centenary ... we thought it was best to do the conservation plan before we looked at anything else into the future down there.''

Dr Hazelton said there could ''potentially'' be changes made to the area.

''It depends what comes out of the conservation plan, what comes out of consultation with key stakeholders and whether there is any money available from a range of sources to do that.''

The plan was being done by Jackie Gillies and Associates and would be ready by the end of September.

The Cenotaph will also have a seismic assessment done. It is made of concrete (most likely steel reinforced) with a stone facing on it.

- by Dan Hutchinson 

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