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A stronger future for Sydney's Botanic Gardens and Centennial Parklands
Environment Minister Robyn Parker has announced a plan to strengthen Sydney’s favourite green spaces with operations of Centennial Parklands and the Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain to be amalgamated.
The amalgamation will allow around $7 million more funding each year to be available for reinvestment in exciting and innovative projects across the integrated parks and gardens.
These projects include new science and education programs, better customer services and management systems - all of which will improve the parks and gardens for the community and deliver high quality experiences.
The amalgamation will bring together the management and operations of:
This will create a harbourside to mountaintop network of nearly 1100 hectares.
The Centennial Park and Moore Park Trust and Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust will be retained with no changes to their objectives, powers and responsibilities. Importantly, the Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust will continue its important work in science and plant conservation.
This project will allow for shared expertise in botany, horticulture, education, tourism, and sport and recreation.
More specifically, it will deliver coordinated green space education opportunities to within 30 minutes of all Sydney primary and secondary schools; it will coordinate combined recreational and sporting assets that include more than 125 playing fields, equestrian, orienteering, bike riding, running, walking, golf, and soccer. It brings major benefits for the community and the two Trusts.
The process is expected to be completed by late 2015.
New Year's Eve 2014
at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney and Domain
Trial extension of opening hours
The Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan will close at 8 pm on weekends and public holidays in a trial from Saturday 21 September 2013 to Monday 27 January 2014. The Garden will continue to open at 10 am daily and will be closed on Christmas Day.
Changed traffic conditions at the entrance to the Australian Botanic Garden
Traffic conditions at the Narellan Road entrance to the Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan have changed. New gates at the entrance to the Garden have been installed at the boundary on Narellan Road. These new gates will provide a more secure environment and help to protect precious wildlife from traffic on Narellan Road. From Monday 15 July, vehicles will not be able to turn left or right into the Garden outside of the Garden’s operating hours of 10 am to 5 pm. Illuminated signs will indicate this at the traffic signals. For further information, please contact the Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan on 4634 7900.
New charges for buses and coaches at Mrs Macquaries Point
Metered parking for all bus and coach operators at Mrs Macquaries Point will apply from 1 July 2012. Following an extensive review of the parking arrangements for buses and coaches at Mrs Macquaries Point, effective from 1 July 2012, the Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust will require all bus and coach operators to pay metered parking (approximately $4 per visit).
Artist in Residence
The Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust Artist in Residence Program provides practising artists the opportunity to work at the Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney from February to December in the year it is offered.
Phillippa Carnemolla is the current Artist in Residence for 2012 at the Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney.
Click here for information about Helen Earl's work as the Artist in Residence for 2011.
Click here for more information about the Artist in Residence program. Note that due to the infrastructure redevelopment scheduled over the next 18 months and the resulting lack of exhibition spaces, the Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust has suspended the Artist in Residence program for 2013. The program will recommence in 2014.
Sydney Opera House forecourt works - entry to the Royal Botanic Garden
Sydney Opera House is currently undertaking the Vehicle Access and Pedestrian Safety Project (VAPS) , the largest construction project on site since the building opened in 1973.
VAPS will enhance tourist and visitor safety by removing heavy vehicle movements from the Forecourt to a new underground loading dock. This will allow pedestrians to have safe and exclusive access to all the Sydney Opera House facilities at Forecourt level.
The project involves
Visitors will be able to enter and exit the Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney, throughout the works, via both QEII and Opera House gates. Please follow signage to reach the gates around the construction walls. The work will continue until mid 2013. We apologise for any inconvenience.
Margaret Flockton Award 2012 winner