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Budget joy for the Botanic Gardens and State Herbarium

Budget joy for the Botanic Gardens and State Herbarium

Date posted: 11 November 2020

The Botanic Gardens and State Herbarium is delighted with the 2020-21 State Budget allocation of $12.2 million for Adelaide and Mount Lofty Botanic Gardens, and Botanic Park.

Chair of the Board of the Botanic Gardens and State Herbarium, Judy Potter, said this investment will be used to enhance the garden experience for visitors, and enable more activation.

“This welcome injection of funds will be spent on upgrades that make it easier for people to connect with plants and each other in these much-loved botanical landscapes,” Ms Potter said.

“We will also restore the integrity of two important heritage-listed buildings at Adelaide Botanic Garden; the Goodman Building and Tram Barn A – where much of our vital scientific and conservation work takes place.”

Adelaide Botanic Garden will receive $9.2 million, which will be used to:

  • Increase accessibility for visitors and upgrade public amenities
  • Boost night lighting and security, allowing for more exciting evening events and experiences throughout the year
  • Implement critical building restoration works, safeguarding the state’s scientific plant collections
  • Complete the roof replacement of the heritage-listed Goodman Building.

At Botanic Park, vital upgrades to irrigation and utilities will enable world-class events and activities to continue, for the enjoyment of local, interstate and overseas visitors.

As part of the funding package for the Mount Lofty precinct, visitors to Mount Lofty Botanic Garden will benefit from:

  • Additional car parks, solving a problem during busy periods
  • Enhanced and new public conveniences throughout the garden
  • Upgrades to paths to improve access to iconic horticultural displays and scenic vistas.

“We will commence work on these exciting projects immediately, and we can’t wait for our visitors to be able to enjoy the benefits of these investments over the coming months and years,” Ms Potter said.

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