Visitor centre our next tourism asset

Published on 01 September 2021

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A world-class Biodiversity Visitor Centre will be constructed at the Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens, adding to the city’s tourism assets and expanding the appeal of the popular location.

“Everyone loves our green and open space and the botanic gardens is the beacon of our green space,’’ said Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate.

“We have more than 2300 parks and thousands of hectares of additional open space. The gardens attract over 200,000 visitors annually and provide a tranquil space to relax, learn about nature and enjoy the flora and fauna.

“The Friends of the Botanic Gardens is a vibrant organisation of volunteers that provide enormous love and care of the gardens, in partnership with City officers.’’

The visitor centre includes:

  •  Exhibition & Display Space
  •  Café
  • Retail
  • Multi-function Space
  • Feature landscapes

The project is expected to cost in the order of $10 million when completed.

“Council has voted to provide a further $1 million (over two years) to this project to undertake detailed design and get this project construction ready,’’ said Mayor Tate.

“Once it is construction-ready, we will seek support from the State and Federal governments through various funding programs. This will reduce the impact on ratepayers and still provide a new tourism asset for our city.’’

The Biodiversity Visitor Centre will have a strong focus on education regarding our region’s biodiversity, the City’s environmental programs and services and creating a community hub where locals, tourists, students, volunteers and scientists can integrate and share knowledge.