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Making a plan for Noosa Botanic Gardens

Noosa Botanic Gardens are among Noosa Shire’s most scenic attractions, drawing more than 70,000 visitors annually. At nearly 30 years old, the gardens are due for a new master plan.

The project to develop the Noosa Botanic Gardens Master Plan begins this month with a survey. 

Mayor Tony Wellington said: "The Noosa Botanic Gardens are one of Noosa's semi-hidden treasures.

“Gracing the shores of Lake Macdonald, the Gardens are much-loved by walkers, picnic partakers, photographers and the horticulturally inclined.

“In developing a new master plan for the site, we would love to have residents’ thoughts on the future and function of our beautiful Botanic Gardens."

The Plan will cover facilities and uses, as well as the overarching vision for the facility.

Before the Gardens were developed, the site was an unofficial dumping ground. Over time, thanks to the efforts of community volunteers, it was converted into picturesque gardens.

“Community members have volunteered much time and energy over many years, in a successful collaboration with Noosa Council,” says Council’s Parks and Natural Areas Coordinator Sara Cooke.

“The Noosa Botanic Gardens now contribute to environmental conservation by providing both sanctuary and a seed bank for thousands of varieties of plants. 

“These plants range from every-day garden varieties to rare, exotic and even historically significant plants and trees. One such is the Heritage-listed Norfolk Island Pine tree.”

The Gardens offer a variety of activities including scenic and guided walks, picnic and BBQ facilities and specialised garden areas. 

The public can also hire sections of the Gardens as well as the amphitheatre. These have been used for many concerts, weddings and other events.

“The survey is the first step in the planning process. Noosa residents have one month to have their say. Survey responses will form the basis for a first draft and there will be a public forum in May for further feedback. The final plan is expected to be completed in July 2017,” Ms Cooke said.

Surveys are available online at https://yoursay.noosa.qld.gov.au or paper copies can be obtained from the Botanic Gardens, libraries and at Council offices.  A box will be available for collection at each location.

The survey closes 3 April 2017.

8 March 2017