Botanic Gardens - Public Consultation

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Consultation has concluded

Area: Mackay Region
Published: August 17, 2015 - Archived Project


Consultation on the detailed design has now closed and results will be published online soon.

Thank you to all who attended our Community Feedback Day, dropped by one of our displays or provided online feedback!

Your participation and enthusiasm was much appreciated by the project team and design consultants, who will consider your ideas over the following months during the design process.

And congratulations to Kate Brunner, the lucky winner of an iPad for her attendance at the Community Feedback Day. Kate received her prize on Tuesday after Cr Morgan

Area: Mackay Region
Published: August 17, 2015 - Archived Project


Consultation on the detailed design has now closed and results will be published online soon.

Thank you to all who attended our Community Feedback Day, dropped by one of our displays or provided online feedback!

Your participation and enthusiasm was much appreciated by the project team and design consultants, who will consider your ideas over the following months during the design process.

And congratulations to Kate Brunner, the lucky winner of an iPad for her attendance at the Community Feedback Day. Kate received her prize on Tuesday after Cr Morgan drew her name out of the hat, and was absolutely thrilled with her new toy!

The Project

The detailed design will build upon the planning reflected in the Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens Master Plan 2010, available on the Council website here.

The design team will aim to create one of the most significant gardens in regional Australia:

  • a major tourism drawcard for the region
  • a centre for environmental education and research
  • a snap shot of our natural landscape
  • a centre for wildlife viewing
  • an accessible site which offers local residents a unique ‘sense of place’ and recreational opportunities.

An Advisory Board has been formed to assist Council, and is made up of members representing a wide range of stakeholder interests. The Board's role is to ensure the design incorporates community needs while also achieving a world-class botanical collection. The Advisory Board will meet bi-monthly throughout the project.

Place Design Group have been contracted to undertake the detailed design, and have extensive experience in this area. Several of the senior members of the team were originally involved in the development of the first stage of the Botanic Gardens in 2003. Visit their website here to learn more.


Guest Book

Do you have some ideas for what you want to see in the future stages of the Botanic Gardens? Submit your feedback below.

hello, :)A live kitchen? this means fruits, vegetables, herbs etc in which there is a outdoor kitchen of some sort which is publicly accessible & also used by the Lagoon Cafe to supplement organic produce! People are more so aware now of what they purchase in terms of "organic" and where it comes from would also be beneficial to children to teach them where food comes from "not just a packet" This, in cooperation with Mackay's tendancy for fitness trails would coincide beautifully... I don't know, just a outside the box thought?? :) The gardens hold a special place in my heart and have immensely watched & enjoyed it become what it is today!

chagun about 5 years ago

Retain the open space with large trees overlooking the lagoon as a picnic area and screen (with vegetation) the area on the south side to protect from cold winds. This screen could also close off the audience seating for the soundshell and provide an inviting, intimate space for performances.I also like Sam's ideas below for bike hire facilities, more picnic tables and a bird hide.

mooreval about 5 years ago

- A photo trail. Where your guided to designated points in the gardens where you can pose for a photo with something different in the backdrops - key features of the gardens. Coffs Harbour Botanic Gardens have a great photo trail. - Fencing. I appreciate it would not be cheap to fence the site but it would prevent a lot of vandalism and theft and protect our growing community asset. - an Event area with suitable parking and access (new carpark does not seem adequate for large events) - push bikes to hire out to ride the Bluewater trail. - more picnic tables througout the whole site. - more board walks on the Lagoon. A bird hide at the end of a board walk would be great and a unique attraction to promote.

sam about 5 years ago