The George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens boasts an outstanding horticultural collection, high quality amenity and spaces and close proximity to the central business district and other cultural institutions.

The $9.9 million boost will provide a new Visitor Centre that will serve as an interpretive focal point within the Gardens and a base for community and corporate functions. More broadly it will form a part of the unique suite of cultural experiences aimed at revitalising Darwin’s central business district and provide a seamless linkage with the cultural sector including MAGNT and Mindil Beach. Funds will also be used to improve facilities in support of the numerous events staged in the precinct.

The new events centre will utilise an internal air-conditioned space and an external deck area that will cater for 200 people being suitable for weddings, functions and conferences. The events centre will be equipped with shared toilet facilities, a food preparation area, cold storage, store room and delivery area.

Incorporating a small retail space where George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens staff can greet visitors, assist with information and guide visitors on how they can enjoy the iconic gardens. The space will also include a small selection of Territory made souvenirs.

The visitor centre will include an interpretive display that houses a mixture of permanent and temporary exhibitions and displays, which are centred on plants, places and people who have made our gardens unique. The display will also have a dual multimedia viewing room that displays, simultaneously, in unison a wet season and dry season composition for visitors to immerse their senses. The interpretation displays will combine the gardens history, telling stories about the role of the Holtz family, George Brown and the inception of the George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens from its move from Fannie Bay to the Gardens through a timeline through history that draws the viewer to an interactive Larrakia Aboriginal seasons calendar.

The George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens events area, retail space and visitor centre are linked with expansive decks built from local Darwin stringy bark, and will be located at the base of Frangipani Hill, on Royal Palm Avenue. With close proximity to the waterfall and car park, the centre will be well placed and will complement the iconic gardens allowing locals and visitors alike, to enjoy many more events and festivals and learn more about their botanical gardens.

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Proposed projected timeframes

The dates below are an estimated timeline of the milestone dates.

Design consultant engagement - January 2018

Interpretive design consultant engagement - April 2018

Concept design documentation completed - August  2018

Tender target release - September 2018  (open for 4 weeks)

Tender target award - November 2018

Document and construct - 28 weeks

Completion and handover - September 2019

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