Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden Master Plan
The Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden is envisaged as the pre-eminent facility for the display of the plant biodiversity of the southern arid zones of Australia.
The Garden is owned and operated by the City of Port Augusta for the benefit of the local and wider community. The establishment of a botanic garden to display arid flora was first accepted by Council in 1981.
This is the first integrated Master Plan for the Garden site and was instigated to ensure developments did not have a detrimental affect on the Garden. The purpose of a Master Plan is to set a direction for future development. Botanic Gardens develop over long time periods as the landscape plantings grow and are replaced.
During the study process it became apparent that interpretive material was critical and as a result an Interpretation Plan was prepared (Refer Executive Summary below).
A Botanic Garden exists to satisfy diverse needs for a range of users. These activities should be provided within a framework that protects, enhances and develops the Garden over time.