A new era for the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority begins today with the opening of a new $3.5million facility for flora conservation.
Environment and Science Minister Judy Edwards said the facility would be a centre of excellence in biodiversity conservation research, education and awareness of the State’s distinctive flora.
“The Biodiversity Conservation Centre will improve the Authority’s capacity to serve the conservation and restoration needs of Western Australia and enable further growth of its conservation programs, including initiatives such as the Millennium Seedbank, a joint program with the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK which aims to store seed from 10 per cent of the world’s arid zone flora species,” Dr Edwards said.
The Minister said the Authority’s conservation efforts had expanded to encompass internationally-noted research on the bushlands of Kings Park and Bold Park and the ecosystems of WA generally.
The centre will house more than 60 staff engaged in research, bushland conservation, horticulture and visitor services. It includes new laboratories, seed storages, meeting rooms and integrated office facilities.
The Biodiversity Conservation Centre will be officially opened by Dr Edwards at 3pm today. Professor Sir Peter Crane, the Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, England will be at the opening and will present a talk on plant diversity in the 21st century at the State Library at 6.30pm.
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