A new world-leading living sciences hub focused on conservation and sustainability is part of the vision for the future of the Australian Botanic Garden at Mount Annan.

The concept masterplan also proposes almost 10 kilometres of new walking and cycling paths as well as new community, cultural and education spaces, eco-tourism facilities and nature experiences.

Member for Camden Peter Sidgreaves said the Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan has an exciting future for locals and visitors alike, and the community’s input was critical to help shape its future.

“People are looking more and more for experiences that connect them to nature, and we have an incredible opportunity to showcase Australia’s unique flora and fauna right here in Mount Annan,” Mr Sidgreaves said.

“From scientists to school kids, the concept masterplan offers something for everyone, from botanical domes and horticultural displays to new adventure and play spaces and Indigenous gardens and knowledge hubs.”

One of key features is a Coolamon Lake, a new 7-hectare lake that nods to the significance of water in Dharug, Dharawal and Gundungurra culture as a place of gathering, celebration and sustenance.

“The area surrounding Mount Annan was and still is a significant meeting place for Aboriginal peoples, so cultural heritage and Aboriginal history must be integral in the Garden’s future masterplan,” Mr Sidgreaves said.

Spanning 416 hectares, the Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan is a flagship site of the Australian Institute of Botanical Science, the National Herbarium and the Australian Plantbank. Its horticultural collection showcases the enormous diversity of Australian flora through horticultural displays, Cumberland Plain Woodland and remnant native grasslands.

The Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust will begin consultation on the concept masterplan this week. To find out more and to complete an opinion survey, visit australianbotanicgarden.com.au