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Proposed changes to Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust Regulations
The Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust Regulation 2008, made under the Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust Act 1980, is due for staged repeal on 1 September 2013. In remaking the Regulation, the Trust is proposing a number of changes (see Regulation 2013) to ensure the ongoing safety and enjoyment of all visitors to Trust lands, as well as the continual protection of these valuable assets. Read more and provide feedback here.
Restoration of Woolloomooloo Gates
Specialist heritage conservation contractors will start work on the restoration of the Woolloomooloo Gates on Tuesday 14 May 2013. Work will include sandstone replacement/repairs, metal work, painting, stone cleaning and re-pointing. Site works will include a shed and half container in the adjacent access road and fencing around the immediate work area. Limited works involving crane operations are programmed for two Saturdays in June. Pedestrian access will be maintained whilst the restoration works are undertaken and the restoration is expected to be complete by 30 June 2013.
Botanic Gardens in Modern Society
Botanic gardens are beautiful and peaceful places. But they are far more than simply places to relax. Professor David Mabberley, Executive Director of the Royal Botanic Garden in Sydney, explains what makes botanic gardens such special places and how it is they continue to be so important for the world today in this thoroughly entertaining Radio National podcast.
New Strategic Plan 2012-2015 'LIVING' for the Royal Botanic Garden & Domain Trust. (pdf)
New Year's Eve 2013
at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney and Domain
Tickets to the Trust's 2013 New Year's Eve events - Midnight at the Oasis, Harbourlights and Lawn with The View - go on sale Tuesday 1 October 2013.
Click here to register your interest for an exclusive pre-sale opportunity.
PlantBank target reached
Thank you for your generous support of our PlantBank fundraising campaign. We are delighted to announce that we have reached our target. Please click here for more information.
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
International Peer Review
The team of international experts advising the Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust on the future direction of its Gardens as it approaches its bicentenary were surprised that many Australians don’t realise that Sydney’s city oasis is also one of the great botanic gardens of the world. Click here for more information.
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.
Bicentenary Book appeal
In 2016 the Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney, turns 200! If you have personal anecdotes, stories, letters, postcards, memorabilia or photos of the Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney, that you’d like to donate for our bicentenary celebrations, there are three ways to contact us:
Red Box Gallery
The Red Box Gallery at the National Herbarium of NSW at the Royal Botanic Garden, is open weekdays 10 am - 4 pm when there is an exhibition on.
Margaret Flockton Award 2012 winner