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Recommendation 23

Review and author a new comprehensive Living Collections Policy that is developed cross-departmentally with the appropriate stakeholders and approved by the Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust Board of Trustees. 

Recommendation 24

Establish institutional vetting and review processes for the continued governance and advancement of the Living Collections Policy to support the vision for Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust.

Recommendation 25

Define and include themed collections in the Living Collections Policy.

Recommendation 26

Establish institutional policy and procedures for training and enforcement of the Living Collections Policy.

Recommendation 27

Relocate administration and management of the Living Collections Policy and Trust plant database to the Science Department.

Recommendation 28

Plan and provide for the resources required to support a best practice Living Collections Policy.

Recommendation 29

Develop a comprehensive, strategic horticultural arts and science vision for Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust.

Recommendation 30

Establish funding and resources to support horticultural display excellence.

Recommendation 31

Develop comprehensive site masterplans for each Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust site.

Recommendation 32

Consider establishing the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney as the core garden to showcase horticultural excellence and programs for all three garden sites.

Recommendation 33

Opportunity to establish a unique Australian high-quality horticultural aesthetic (native plants).

Recommendation 34

Comprehensive design and aesthetic guidelines for each site and garden.

Recommendation 35

Hire professional landscape design or landscape architects to lead and develop horticultural display planning.

Recommendation 36

Establish comprehensive continuing education training programs for horticultural staff (i.e. International Benchmarking of Horticultural Excellence).

Recommendation 37

Include appropriate back of house production support facilities for each Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust site.

Recommendation 38

Conduct facilities management best practice benchmarking study to inform strategic facilities management program.

Recommendation 39

Provide institutional support for work order program and process.

Recommendation 40

Conduct assessment and documentation of the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney infrastructure.

Recommendation 41

Comprehensive assessment and evaluation of all buildings to determine condition.

Recommendation 42

Develop comprehensive electrical, mechanical and landscape specifications.

Recommendation 43

Conduct comprehensive energy audit and establish action strategies to reduce energy use.

Response

The Trustees agree in principle with all of the Review team’s recommendations under Estate Management, including those pertaining to living collections, horticultural standards, site maintenance, heritage and infrastructure maintenance. The Trustees note that these recommendations will be considered in detail by the Strategic Planning Committee and that any implementation strategy coming out of this process will need to be prioritised and staged in line with funding/resource availability.

 It should be noted that Recommendation 27 was considered to be a priority and was immediately implemented.
 

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