Publish on 20 Aug 2020
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Media Release - 20 August 2020
Campbelltown welcomes the start of construction of the National Herbarium of NSW at the Australian Botanic Garden Mt Annan as a significant boost for science, tourism and jobs in the Macarthur region.
The $60 million project which will see a collection of more than 1.4 million botanical specimens housed in a world class botanic science facility at the Botanic Garden Mt Annan, located on the border of Campbelltown and Camden.
Mayor George Brticevic said the project highlighted the importance of the Macarthur region within Western Sydney and was delighted to see construction start today.
“The Australian Botanic Garden Mt Annan is a jewel in the heart of our region and an important institute at the cutting edge of botanical sciences in Australia so to have the National Herbarium located here is a real coup and a reflection of our important role within the Western Sydney landscape. It further cements our region’s emergence as a place of innovation and opportunity.” Cr Brticevic said.
“As well as the scientific and tourism benefits this facility will provide, our students with a passion for science will be able to learn about the amazing plant species housed in the herbarium and can aspire to grow up and work in a world class scientific facility right on their doorstep,” he said.
Cr Brticevic welcomed new local construction jobs and the subsequent science and administration jobs which will be created when the facility is complete in 2021.
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