Blacktown Chinese garden a winner

BLACKTOWN’S $3.5 million Chinese Garden at Nurragingy Reserve has won a national award for its outstanding features and for promoting the Sister Cities program.

Chang Lai Garden is the winner of the Sister Cities Australia national awards’ single project category, co-ordinated by Sister Cities Australia to encourage excellence and innovation in Sister City activities.

The architectural style of the structures in the garden is based on the Ming and Qing dynasties in China. Earth, water and nature are brought together and featured throughout with a gateway, a seven-arch stone bridge, a pavilion and a gazebo.

This award is presented to the most outstanding and imaginative project that furthers the development of the local Sister Cities program in the community.

Blacktown Council and the Liaocheng Municipal Government have been linked via Sister Cities since 2003.

Chang Lai Garden was designed and built by Blacktown City and Liaocheng and opened in August last year.

Western Sydney Parklands Trust contributed $3 million and Blacktown and Liaocheng provided the balance.

“The garden is a great representation of the relationship Blacktown City shares with Liaocheng,’’ said mayor Len Robinson said.

“From its original concept to its design, construction and completion, this project stands as a true testament to the strength and success of the Sister Cities partnership.

"It’s great the garden was highlighted at the awards. It’s a wonderful monument, not just for our Chinese residents but for everyone.”

■ Chang Lai Garden is open April to May, 7am-5.30pm; June to September, 7am-5pm; October to November, 7am-6pm; and December to March, 7am-7pm.

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