THE tender for the sale of the Yarralumla Nursery Garden Centre opens today, as part of the ACT Government’s plans to try to make the nearly 100-year-old nursery financially viable.The struggling nursery lost $1.2 million in 2012-2013, and is expected to lose $500,000 this financial year.
Executive Director of the Business Enterprise Division in Territory and Municipal Services Phillip Perram says the 2,152 square metre Garden Centre retail nursery, which has been part of the historic Yarralumla Nursery since 1994, is on offer for public sale as an ongoing business.
The Garden Centre includes a shopfront, office building, unisex toilet and playground and is located in a retail precinct on Banks Street in Yarralumla, next to the Heritage Nursery and the Yarralumla Gallery and Oaks Brasseriem.
Mr Perram says there will be no loss of permanent staff due to the sale, and the disability employment program through Koomarri and vocational program with Black Mountain School will continue without impact.
“Once the sale is complete, Yarralumla Nursery will return to its original focus of being a wholesale nursery that provides cool climate plants for Canberra’s public parks and streets as well as to landscaping contractors and retail outlets in the surrounding region,” he says.
“Following the sale, the free plant issue scheme, which has operated since 1930, will continue with appointments available through the wholesale Yarralumla Nursery instead of the Garden Centre.”
The tender for the sale of the nursery closes on Thursday November 28 and the sale is expected to be concluded by the end of the 2013-14 financial year.