Expression of Interest for nature-based tourism in Botanic Park/Tainmuntilla invited

18 August 2022

Proposals for nature-based tourism activities in Botanic Park/Tainmuntilla are being invited by the Board of the Botanic Gardens and State Herbarium (BGSH) via an Expression of Interest (EOI) process.

With a rise in demand for outdoor experiences that connect people to nature in South Australia, the call seeks new activation ideas that will add value to the public experience in the park.

The EOI is aimed at exploring ideas for installations, staffed activities, and other visitor experiences that are in keeping with the nature and historical significance of the site, and in accordance with the functions of the Board as set out in its relevant legislation (BGSH Act 1978 and Regulations 2021).

BGSH management and the Board are taking an open-minded approach to the opportunity and wish to encourage boldness and innovation in the submissions.

They are particularly seeking proposals that create opportunities for public engagement and education around the flora and fauna of Botanic Park/Tainmuntilla.

Leveraging the popularity of the Park and neighbouring Adelaide Botanic Garden, and the potential for activation projects, represents an opportunity to create unique and memorable visitor experiences, and generate awareness and support for conservation and natural history.

It will produce commercial returns for the operator, and contribute to BGSH earned revenue, which will directly support the garden’s world-class botanical collections, and education and conservation programs.

The successful project will need to ensure it does not have significant impact on the Board’s existing partnerships with WOMADelaide, Moonlight Cinema and other regular users of Botanic Park.

All submissions will be reviewed and assessed in a competitive process; some criteria will be weighted and this weighting will denote the importance those criteria given in the assessment process.

Potential submissions must take into account the existing and protected Grey-headed Flying Fox colony. Green Adelaide and Fauna Rescue will be consulted during the submission review process.

BGSH will consider any potential impact of all elements of proposed submissions on flora, fauna, historic and heritage significance before approval is given and an arrangement is entered into.

Find out more and apply here.

Tender closes at 5pm on 2 September 2022.

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