Why move the Herbarium to Western Sydney?
Our scientists are driving vital research not only here in NSW, but across Australia and internationally. The new Herbarium will become the nation’s premier international botanic research facility for our scientists, and contribute to Western Sydney’s emergence as an important scientific hub and Australia’s fastest growing economy.
The Herbarium has been located within the Robert Brown Building since it was constructed in 1982, with no change to the facility or the operations since that time. The building now has a lack of effective environmental controls placing the collection at risk.
Additionally, the storage capacity in the Robert Brown Building will be exhausted by 2022 so it is now critical that we create a centre that fixes these deficiencies as well as allow our collection to grow and continue to work closely with other Herbaria around the world.
Several options were considered and assessed in detail to keep the Herbarium onsite in Sydney. However, in the end the preferred optimal outcome for ensuring the long-term protection of the collection was to build a new facility at Mount Annan linked to the existing award-winning PlantBank.