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Victorian Government Announces Major Funding Commitment for Gardens

Today the Victorian Government, through Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, Hon. Lily D’Ambrosio MP, announced funding of $5 million to support a feasibility study into a new Nature and Science Precinct at Melbourne Gardens.

This will join the Arts & Culture and Sports & Entertainment precincts as the third city highlight, besides the Yarra River.

The Nature and Science Precinct aims to deliver a nature gallery, a new learning and participation centre and a public-facing Herbarium at Melbourne Gardens with a State Botanical Library and plant identification service. Other restoration and improvement works which will improve visitor experience include:

  • Expanding the Ian Potter Children’s Garden
  • Greater support for plant research through state of the art facilities
  • The return of the iconic Great Melbourne Telescope to Melbourne Observatory

The development of the Nature and Science Precinct follows the Victorian Government’s $27 million investment over five years to revitalise Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria with social, horticultural and science programming initiatives that deepen engagement with nature for a better quality of life.


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