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Draft Master Plan for the Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney, and the Domain
Since beginning the Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney and Domain Master Plan project in March 2013, there has been extensive community and stakeholder consultation, including online and workshop meetings on-site. This resulted in a draft Master Plan and a summary of Master Plan concepts which we now present to you for review and comment.
The Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust would like the Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney and Domain to be improved for future generations to better meet the needs of visitors, not only from Sydney but from across the world.
Please note that this online exhibition is one component of the consultation process. We also encourage you to visit the Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney and view the Master Plan concepts at Lion Gate Lodge at the Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney on these days only: Saturday 5 to Sunday 13 April, and then from Monday 28 April to Sunday 4 May 2014, from 8.30 am until 5 pm and on weekends from 10 am until 4 pm. We encourage the public to submit feedback by filling in forms and depositing at Lion Gate Lodge or via the Have Your Say website.
The first draft Master Plan for the Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney and Domain in their almost 200 year history has been developed by leading architectural firm Cox Richardson and a consortium of experts following extensive consultation with the public and stakeholders.
The Master Plan concepts aim to provide better connections and integration with the cultural precinct and the city and to enhance Sydney’s reputation as an international destination of choice. The Master Plan concepts also aim to create visionary visitor experiences and restore a sense of unity and completeness to the Garden and Domain as well as provide business plans and opportunities for investment in future projects. This will ensure the continuation of vital research into plant conservation and biodiversity and improved visitor facilities.
>> Click here to NAVIGATE THROUGH THE MASTERPLAN WEB PAGES
The Domain has been Sydney’s premier green space for public events, celebration, protest and festivities since it was proclaimed by Governor Macquarie in the 19th century, and is very much still in demand for a wide range of activities. The park has significant natural and cultural heritage values and is in demand for a wide range of contemporary activities including leisure, sport, recreation, tourism and special events.
In 2001, the Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust released the Domain Masterplan to address short to medium term management and planning issues confronting the Royal Botanic Garden and Domain, specifically focusing on opportunities to substantially improve the quality and significance of the Sydney Domain.
Future Domain builds on this, and proposes a series of projects to improve the amenity for users of the Domain and to complement broader Sydney and metropolitan planning objectives. In October 2006, the Trust engaged social research group Urbis JHD to consult the public on their views of these projects.
Click here for information on Future Domain proposals and the final consultation report.
The Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust has developed a Masterplan for the Domain. The Masterplan explains the Trust's rationale for its management and operation of the parklands, and sets directions for maintaining and renewing the park over the next 10 years.
Volume 3: supporting papers
Click here to view the Acoustic Report (PDF file 55 Kb)
External stakeholders focus group consultation meetings - 9 February 2000
Business partners, neighbours and government agencies. Attending were:
Also invited but not present were:
Master Plan outdoor exhibition and invitation to comment
Caring for our Domain
The Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust's tree replacement program aims to maintain the heritage value of the Domain and to ensure that this important part of Sydney's landscape will be enjoyed by future generations.