Western Australia Minister for Environment Bill Marmion
Major Upgrade For Kings Park Nursery And Depot
Victor P Taffa
- $2.6 Million overhaul to enhance plant production
- Works to begin mid-year
Kings Park and Botanic Garden has started planning for a $2.6 Million upgrade to its depot and nursery facilities, which will significantly enhance plant production and conservation activities.
Environment Minister Bill Marmion said the project, planned to start in the mid-year, was a key strategy endorsed in the Kings Park and Botanic Garden Management Plan 2009-2014.
“The works will significantly improve operational efficiency and safety and update existing facilities to meet current and projected future operational requirements.” Mr. Marmion said.
“The planned upgrade will provide improved, modern facilities to enhance plant production and conservation activities in the nursery and support the ongoing development and maintenance of visitor facilities and horticultural displays in the park.”
“In 2012, a site masterplan was finalised to guide the design development process for the upgrade of facilities which date back more than 50 years.”
The first stage of works will include revision of the main vehicle access through the nursery and depot and construction of a new access road around its western perimeter. Nursery and depot facilities will be reconfigured to separate the nursery from the depot, requiring demolition of some facilities; construction of new sheds and other facilities; and retention and/or extension of others.
Other works planned include improved storage for all work groups, including specialised chemical storage and mixing facilities.
“The completion of this upgrade will provide improved facilities to support the wonderful work done by the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority in developing and maintaining Kings Park for the community.” the Minister said.
- Design contract awarded to consultants, led by Armstrong Parkin Architects
- Kings Park nursery produces most of the plant material on display and plants used for bushland restoration programs on site; maintains conservation plant collections
- Liberal-National Govt has allocated more than $24 Million for capital works such as parking, walking trails and visitor information across more than 25 Million ha of national parks, marine parks, State forests, conservation reserves and regional parks