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Australian National Botanic Gardens
Growing, studying and promoting Australian plants
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  GPO Box 1777
Canberra ACT 2601
Telephone (02) 6250 9546
Facsimile (02) 62509599
Media enquiries:
Lucy Sutherland: 02 6250 9473



7 January 2009

Australians are invited to have their say on the way the Australian National Botanic Gardens will be managed over the next 10 years.

A new management plan is about to be developed for the Gardens and seeking community input is the first step.

“We welcome people with an interest and passion for the future of the Australian National Botanic Gardens to share their ideas on issues they would like to see addressed,” Gardens Director Anne Duncan said.

“We want the views of the community to help shape the vision and role of this vital institution.

“Since its beginnings, the Australian National Botanic Gardens has led the way as one of the first all-native botanic gardens, focusing on the horticulture and propagation of Australian plants.

“Over time the Gardens has evolved to focus on plant conservation, researching threatened species and restoration in the wild and establishing a seed bank.

“We would like the new plan for our national botanic gardens to reflect the changing needs of Australian society and the new challenges we face, particularly in the face of climate change.”

Comments are being sought on a range of issues including:

A ‘Have your say’ brochure is available to help people get involved – for a copy visit or call the Gardens on (02) 6250 9540.

Comments should be sent in writing by close of business 13 February 2009 by postto

‘Planning Officer, ANBG Management Plan, GPO Box 1777, Canberra, ACT 2601’, by email to or by fax to 02 6250 9499.

Once comments have been submitted a draft management plan will be developed and released for public input (this is expected to occur later this year). A final management plan will then be prepared.

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Media contact: Lucy Sutherland 02 6250 9473