$27 million to revitalise Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria
On Friday 22 June, the Hon. Lily D'Ambrosio, Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change and Minister for Suburban Development, announced a funding boost of $27.1 million over five years to revitalise Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, plus ongoing support after that of $5 million per year. We were thrilled by this surprise which took place during our staff recognition ceremony, celebrating the longevity and dedication of our long-serving team.
“This uplift will begin a transformation of our state’s largest and much loved Botanic Gardens. We will add to these beautiful landscapes, new digital interpretation, tours, public art and exhibitions, greater access to our scientific knowledge and many more ways for our visitors to connect with nature,” said Professor Tim Entwisle, Director and Chief Executive of Royal Botanic Garden’s Victoria. “Just as importantly, it will improve the quality of our paths, infrastructure and the stunning views across our lakes at both Melbourne and Cranbourne.”
This generous support will also enable the Gardens to undertake scoping steps toward developing a world-first Nature and Science Precinct. The precinct at Melbourne Gardens aims to promote public health and community wellbeing, and advance tourism and economic benefits for the state of Victoria, by involving the public more deeply in understanding nature for climate readiness and a better quality of life.