Construction Contract Awarded For Botanic Gardens Visitor And Events Centre

Construction Contract Awarded For Botanic Gardens Visitor And Events Centre

Northern Territory Minister for Tourism Sport and Culture Lauren Moss

Botanic Gardens Visitor And Events Centre Construction Contract Awarded

Victor P Taffa

Contract to design and constructs the brand-new George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens visitor and event centre has been awarded to local company Sunbuild and will create more than 45 construction jobs.

Works are part of the Territory Government’s record $103 Million Turbocharging Tourism stimulus package to attract visitors, create local jobs and put more money into the pockets of Territorians.

 

“Territory Government through the record $103 Million Turbocharging Tourism stimulus package is investing $9.9 Million to enhance facilities and improve the visitor experience at the George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens.” Minister for Tourism Sport and Culture Lauren Moss said.

“Investment in this unique destination will create jobs and opportunities for catering and event organisers outside of peak season which is fantastic news for local businesses and creating jobs.

Botanic Gardens Visitor And Events Centre will be available for business events, community events, and other private events, with interpretive exhibits leading visitors out into the much-loved gardens. It will offer indoor, air-conditioned, all-season event facilities in-line with those offered at botanic gardens around Australia.

Design for the visitor centre includes an interpretive timeline display that will describe the history of the Gardens since its inception at Fannie Bay and will provide visitors with an understanding of the many unique features of the Gardens and its collections, including a Larrakia Aboriginal seasonal calendar exploring traditional stories and indigenous botanical knowledge.

There will also be a space for staff to greet visitors and provide information plus a small retail space for Territory made souvenirs.

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

Botanic Gardens Visitor And Event Centre have been designed by local architect Hully Liveris and has incorporated the use of local materials like Darwin Stringy Bark.