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Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens

Australia - QLD - Mackay

Institution Code: MACKAY

International Agenda Registration: No

BGCI Member: Yes

Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens Visitor's Centre and the Lagoons
Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens Visitor's Centre and the Lagoons

About the Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens

The Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens is one of Australia's youngest, opening to the public in May 2003. Covering 51.4 ha, the Gardens are being developed over a stage by stage 20 year development plan.
The botanic gardens focus on flora from the Central Queensland Coast bioregion of Queensland for amenity horticulture, research and conservation whilst revegetating the Lagoons Reserve site.

Main Address:
Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens
PO Box 41
Lagoon Street, West Mackay
Mackay
QLD 4740 Australia

Telephone: 07 - 4952 7300
Fax: 07 - 4952 7333
URL: www.mackayregionalbotanicgardens.com.au
Primary Email: botanic@mackay.qld.gov.au

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Dale Arvidsson
    Curator's Name: Dale Arvidsson
    Plant Records Officer's Name: Ross Demuth
  • Total Staff:
    Horticultural Staff Number: 6
    Educational Staff Number: 1
    Research Staff Number:
    Administration Staff Number: 1

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Status
  • Status: State: Yes
    Status: Educational: Yes
    Status: Municipal: Yes
  • Date founded: 2003
  • Physical Data
  • Natural Vegetation Area: Yes
    Natural vegetation area: Size: 10 Hectares
  • Landscaped Area: Yes
    Landscaped Area: Size: 33 Hectares
  • Total Area: 51 Hectares
    Latitude: -21.157346
    Longitude: 149.158928
    Annual Rainfall: 1850 mm
    Altitude: 12.00 Metres
    Total area of shadehouses: 50 Metres
  • Locality: Information
  • Locality: Garden Name: Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens
  • Local Address: Lagoon Street
  • Locality: City: Mackay
  • Locality: State: Queensland

Features and Facilities

  • Herbarium: Yes
    Herbarium: Number of Specimens: 200
    Arboretum: No
  • Micropropagation/ Tissue Culture Facilities: No
    Seed Bank: No
    Published Plant Catalogue: No
    Computer Plant Record System: Yes
  • Open to public: Yes
    Friends society: Yes
    Retail Outlet: Shop: Yes
    Retail Outlet: Plant Sales: Yes
    Disabled access: Yes
  • Number of Visitors: 30000
    Number of Volunteers: 75

Plant Collections

  • Accession Number: 1
    Cultivation Taxa Num: 900
  • Special Collections:Focussing on the Flora of the Central Queensland Coast bioregion, collections site specific from Mackay's natural environment including Eungella National Park, Crediton - Finch Hatton Gorge section, Reliance Creek National Park, Pioneer Peaks National Park, surrounding environs and vegetation ecotone representations including Sclerophyll, Monsoon, Riverine etc. Trial plantings include bioregional species for hedging and as shade trees, species typical of creeklines in the adjacent Brigalow Belt bioregion for use in Mackay due to climate change, warm season turf grasses.
  • Invasive Species Monitoring: Yes

Conservation Programmes

  • Conservation Programme: Yes
    Medicinal Plant Programme: Yes
    Ex Situ Conservation Programme: Yes
    Reintroduction Programme: No

Research Programmes

  • Ecosystem Conservation: Yes
    Education: Yes
    Ethnobotany: Yes
    Horticulture: Yes
    Invasive Species Biology and Control: Yes
    Land Restoration: Yes
    Urban Environments: Yes

Education Programmes

  • Visitor/Education Centre: Yes
    Education Signs in Garden: Yes
    Public Lectures/Talks: Yes
    Education Booklets/Leaflets: Yes
    Guided Tours: Yes
    Permanent Public Displays: Yes
    Special Exhibitions: Yes
    Courses for General Public: No
    Education Programme: Yes
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