A ground-breaking day
As Australia’s oldest scientific institution, the Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust has spent over 200 years discovering, researching and protecting plants. In this challenging era of climate change, it is imperative now more than ever, that we understand the impacts to our natural environment and drive effective conservation solutions.
As part of the Western Sydney City Deal, the NSW Government announced a $60 million package to fund the construction of brand new National Herbarium of NSW at the Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan to safeguard the growing collection of over 1.4 million botanical specimens.
On Thursday 20 August, 2020 NSW Minister for Planning and Public Spaces the Hon. Rob Stokes, NSW Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney the Hon. Stuart Ayres, the local member for Camden Mr Peter Sidgreaves MP and Botanic Gardens Greater Sydney Chief Executive Denise Ora officially announced the construction with a sod turning for the new Herbarium.