Technology Upgrade Project

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Project name: Technology Upgrade Project

Location: Royal Botanic Garden Sydney and the Domain

Project timing: October 2016 to March 2017

Project description

Following approval to proceed from the NSW Heritage Branch, a project is underway across the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney and the Domain to replace and upgrade light poles and significantly improve mobile phone reception. 

The new light poles will feature programmable LED lighting and allow the Garden to reduce energy consumption from lighting by around 80%. 

With regards to mobile reception, the Garden (despite being in the CBD) experiences a number of 'black spots'. This will shortly be at further risk of deterioration through the imminent demolition of 71-79 Macquarie Street. This building currently contains receivers and booster cells that provide mobile coverage across our site.

To ensure coverage going forward, the new poles being installed will contain technology to improve our mobile coverage. 

As an additional bonus, the project will see the removal of around 22 poles that currently exist, de-cluttering the landscape. 

A works schedule has been developed in consultation with the Horticultural team to minimise any impact on the Living Collection.


The project commenced in October 2016, and we anticipate installation will be completed by the end of March 2017.

Project Works

Project works will take place Monday to Friday, between the hours of 7.00 am and 5.00 pm.

Minor trenching works, as part of the installation, will take place in a piecemeal fashion (approximately 30m-50m daily) to minimise impact to visitors and to also ensure a safe working environment.

The installation work is being conducted in close consultation and collaboration with the Garden’s horticultural, infrastructure and visitor experience teams. This will ensure protection of the “living collection”, built infrastructure and services above and below ground. 

Further Information

To find out more about this Technology Upgrade Project, contact us on:
(02) 9231 8111 or