The Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust is encouraging the public to have a further say on an updated Draft Master Plan to transform the Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan into a premier tourism destination.

This next round of public consultation is open till 8 February 2023 and follows an exhibition held between August and September this year, providing more details based on previous community feedback.

Member for Camden, Peter Sidgreaves MP, said the proposal for the 416-hectare botanic garden, home to over 4000 native plant species, involves a self-sustaining approach to celebrating community, culture, and best-practice environmental management.

“The aim is to transform the Garden into a premier tourism destination by creating globally unique nature experiences, authentic community connections to Country, and renowned venues for events,” Mr Sidgreaves said.

“The Garden fulfils the need for more quality green and open space in Sydney’s West, encouraging active lifestyles, restoring biodiversity, and improving access to recreation and the environment.”

Mr Sidgreaves said the Garden will also continue to shine with its world-class botanical science, horticulture, and educational experiences.

“The proposal leverages the Garden’s existing world-class science facilities, including the award-winning Australian PlantBank and the new National Herbarium of New South Wales which opened this year – home to over 1 million plant specimens,” he said.

Key features in the Draft Master Plan include:

  • A Traditional Native Farm where Aboriginal agricultural practices will be adopted providing an area for First Nations engagement and education;
  • A new adventure park in the visitor area to include areas of self-oriented discovery and adventure play in a nature-based setting; and
  • A large-scale entertainment site in the Lakes precinct for activities, such as an open-air cinema and concert.

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