The Canberra Times is reporting that funding cuts by the Dept of Environment and Water Resources is threatening the existence of the Botanic Gardens.
Like a lot of places, the Department has trotted out the old hoary chestnut line of climate change to help justify their position saying that they need to cut positions as well as reduce lawns and garden space to pay for water and electricity.
The Dept is also poised to downgrade its (the Gardens) horticultural research capacity.
The gardens are the world’s largest living collection of Australian plants and contain about one-third of known Australian flowering plants. The gardens also jointly manage the National Herbarium and Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research with CSIRO and manage one of the largest seed banks of native species.
Liberals Senator Gary Humphries has called for an urgent review of funding, including investment in water recycling infrastructure.