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Botanic gardens under threat?

By Thumper - 1 November 2007 16

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.

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Botanic gardens under threat?
Lord Mælinar 9:51 am 02 Nov 07

Sammy – get eating.

Humans can naturally live here, dumbass. It’s evidenced by the 4 walls around you and several thousand years of evolution, which unfortunately seems to have escaped your grasp.

Back in your hole, troll.

w3st0nFTW 3:24 am 02 Nov 07

I think they should sell some of the magic shrooms that get “thrown out” some wet mornings. I’m sure some Amsterdam company or even some local’s would pay top dollar.

hax 10:05 pm 01 Nov 07

we should change it from “the bush capital” to “the desert capital”. now thats forward thinking!

Sammy 6:09 pm 01 Nov 07

If plants can’t naturally live here, should they be maintained at public expense

If humans can’t naturally live here, should they be maintained at public expense? No? Goodbye.

VYBerlinaV8 4:58 pm 01 Nov 07

Surely they can pay to have the water shipped in now they have the speed cameras deployed?

sepi 4:57 pm 01 Nov 07

They should maintain the gardens.
It would take 60 years to grow it all back once it rains. We will be reduced to cacti if we only grow what can survive with no watering during a lengthy drought.

astrojax 4:44 pm 01 Nov 07

bot gdns have some unique collections that are now under serious threat – and the govt spend millions on ads, snd slow planes; where’s the equity?

shanefos 4:23 pm 01 Nov 07

There are fountains running between OPH and the lake.
Similarly, there are fountains running in the middle of the roundabout at Anzac Ave/Parkes Way.

Lord Mælinar 3:01 pm 01 Nov 07

The fountains out the front of OPH have been off for nearly a year now.

They are doing some kind of work on them as well so it’s been empty a number of times during the last year.

shanefos 2:24 pm 01 Nov 07

Would’ve thought the National Botanical Gardens was akin to other National institutions like the National Museum, War Memorial, National Gallery, etc.
Bet you’d never, ever see part of the War Memorial close down or left to fall into disrepair if their electricity or water bills went up!
Perhaps they could stop watering the roof of Parliament House (or, dare I say it, the lawns at the War Memorial!), or turn off the fountains out the front of Old Parliament House…

piperdoon 1:52 pm 01 Nov 07

“Create savings by canning the stupid arboreum.”

and the city entrance ‘artwork’ and another $750K with the stupid GDE ‘art’ – fiddling while Rome burns comes to mind……

postmanpat 1:48 pm 01 Nov 07

Maybe not so much the grass, but the trees should be maintained, they would take years to grow back. Create savings by canning the stupid arboreum.

Lord Mælinar 1:30 pm 01 Nov 07

If plants can’t naturally live here, should they be maintained at public expense ?

No.

bonfire 1:25 pm 01 Nov 07

cough arboreteum cough

cranky 12:46 pm 01 Nov 07

An increase of $90,000 for electricity, in the face of reduced staffing, water pumping and research, indicates that the local electricity supplier has decided a bit of cost (profit) shifting is a good thing.

Helps Actew grease Sonic’s palm I guess.

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