Burrendong Botanic Garden and Arboretum: Review

The Burrendong Botanic Garden and Arboretum (BBGA) was established in 1964 and is located near Mumbil, south-east of Wellington and west of Sydney in New South Wales, Australia.


Since it was established, the BBGA has sought to provide a display of a wide range of the Australian flora.  It has in many ways achieved its original purpose and it has attempted to continue expanding its collection and displays over that time.  While it has continued to propagate and plant it has, unfortunately, not had the resources to maintain the botanic garden to the level that I am sure it would like to. As a result the BBGA now needs to seriously reconsider what it is trying to achieve.  This is especially the case with the cessation of the limited NSW government funding by 2019.

I was contracted to:

  • Provide a report to the BBGA Trust that assessed the efficacy of the organisation and the long term viability of the BBGA in terms of its ability to be a relevant organisation able to attract future funding, support and any significant level of financial self-sustainability.
  • Identify additional relevant planning required
  • Make recommendations to the BBGA Trust that provided a clear direction based on investigation and assessment of the following factors.
    • Current Management structure including staff positions, trust members and committees
    • Scientific value and relevance of living collection
    • Educational value and relevance
    • Conservational value and relevance
    • Recreational relevance and regional tourism opportunities
    • Current financial position and future financial opportunities
    • Friends of BBGA as physical and financial resources