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George Brown Botanic Gardens gets a facelift


George Brown Darwin Botanic Garden’s $9.8 million facelift is a step closer with concepts for a new multi-purpose visitor and event centre currently being assessed by the Development Consent Authority.

The works are part of the Territory Labor Government's record $103 million Turbocharging Tourism stimulus package to attract visitors, create local jobs and put more money into the pockets of Territorians.

Acting Minister for Tourism and Culture, Natasha Fyles said the centre would be available for small conferences with interpretive exhibits leading visitors out into the beautiful gardens. It will offer indoor, air-conditioned, all-season conference and event facilities in-line with facilities offered at botanic gardens around Australia.

The concept design for the visitor centre includes an interpretive display that will tell the story of the Holtze family, George Brown and the inception of the Gardens from its move from Fannie Bay to the Gardens. It will incorporate the Larrakia Aboriginal seasons calendar, with an interactive touch screen to explore traditional stories and indigenous botanical knowledge.

There will also be a retail and information hub where staff can greet visitors, provide direction and where visitors can purchase Territory-made souvenirs.

The layout of the building has been designed to integrate with its surroundings, including the existing topography of Frangipani Hill, and retain existing vegetation to the greatest extent possible.

The concepts will be available for the community to view at an open day in the Gardens in September, where the community will be able to speak with the architect and the Garden’s horticulturalists.

In September, following the planning and development process, the project will go out to tender with the new centre expected to be open in September next year.