Draft North Coast Regional Botanic Garden Strategic Plan 2018-23

Consultation has concluded

The North Coast Regional Botanic Garden is situated centrally in the town of Coffs Harbour. The site comprises approximately 20 hectares on a peninsula surrounded by the estuary of Coffs Creek and includes a wide variety of flora from all over the world, as well as natural bushland. It holds important natural, botanical, scientific and social values.

The origins of the Garden began when local conservationists had the vision to change what was a refuse area into a public garden. Since then, cultivation of tropical and subtropical species suited to the New South Wales North Coast from local and international

The North Coast Regional Botanic Garden is situated centrally in the town of Coffs Harbour. The site comprises approximately 20 hectares on a peninsula surrounded by the estuary of Coffs Creek and includes a wide variety of flora from all over the world, as well as natural bushland. It holds important natural, botanical, scientific and social values.

The origins of the Garden began when local conservationists had the vision to change what was a refuse area into a public garden. Since then, cultivation of tropical and subtropical species suited to the New South Wales North Coast from local and international subtropical regions, has transformed the area into the most significant regional botanic garden between Sydney and Brisbane.

Thousands of visitors each year enjoy the themed beds, rare and endangered species, the Japanese Garden as well as the natural ecosystems of forest, mangroves and the creek system. Native fauna, including koalas, snakes, lizards and many bird species may be seen.

A system of walking tracks and picnic areas provide a range of recreational opportunities to explore. Visitor facilities include an Information Centre, Garden Café, gift shop and plant sales. The Garden also includes scientific research facilities which can be accessed by appointment. These facilities exchange information with Botanic Gardens all over the world.

Management of the Garden is shared cooperatively between Coffs Harbour City Council and The Friends of the North Coast Regional Botanic Garden (the Friends). Numerous public and private events are held within the grounds each year.

This Strategic Plan sets out management direction, strategies and priorities for the next five years. It also identifies long term projects that will go beyond the five years of this Plan.

Council has resolved to place the draft North Coast Regional Botanic Garden Strategic Plan on public exhibition for a period of 28 days to allow the community to have it's say on the draft Strategy.