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The Botanic Gardens Australia and New Zealand Inc (BGANZ)
is the chief body representing the interests of botanic gardens in
Australia and New Zealand.

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BGANZ Council Vacancies 2017

A number of members have asked how can members become a BGANZ Council Representative.

BGANZ Council positions are renewed every two years at the BGANZ AGM, held at the biennial Congress, ie BGANZ 8th Congress - Adelaide- 22-25 October 2017.

Members can only remain on Council for a maximum of 3 terms, 6 years. 

All vacancy positions (in red below) for 2017-2019 will be filled prior to, and formally announced at the 2017 BGANZ AGM.

All nominations for a Council position should be forwarded to a members Regional Group Chair prior to 16 August 2017, and/or current State/Territory position holder, and/or President and/or BGANZ CEO.

BGANZ aims to improve gender balance on Council in future years.

Council membership is formally announced at the BGANZ AGM.

The maximum 15 BGANZ Council positions are allocated and filled, per the BGANZ Constitution, as follows: (Expected vacancies 2017 -2019 in Red)

Each Australian State or Territory has one representative.
1 Tasmania
2 Northern Territory
3 West Australia
4 South Australia

Where BGANZ Regional groups exist, regional group members elect their State representative prior to BGANZ AGM.
5 Victoria
6  NSW
7 Queensland
9/10 New Zealand (2 positions, includes 1 Vice President NZ)

11/12 CHABG Reps - (Maximum of 2 positions)

13 Co-opted Member ( Maximum of 2)
14 Co-opted Member
15 Councillor at Large
16 Immediate Past President

If you have an interest in becoming a BGANZ Council member, or require more information please contact Eamonn Flanagan 

From the BGANZ Constitution:

A Council conducts the affairs of the Association. 

The Council must have a maximum of 15 members and comprise: 

(a) One regional representative from each Australian State and Territory nominated by the regional group or groups in those Australian States and Territories in which such groups exist. 

(b) In any Australian State or Territory where there is no formal regional group, one regional representative nominated by institutional members located in the relevant State or Territory. 

(c) Two representatives from New Zealand botanic gardens nominated by regional group or groups in New Zealand; 

(d) A maximum of two members nominated by the Capital-city Gardens. 

(e) A Councillor- at-Large nominated by the representatives of Associate members and Individual member

If you require further information please contact Eamonn Flanagan,

8th BGANZ Congress: Adelaide 2017

The  8th BGANZ Congress  will be held at the National Wine Centre in Adelaide, SA, from 22-25 October 2017. 

This year, the theme is 'Preservation: Exploring and Adapting', with international speakers featuring on our world-class program.  

The Congress is open to BGANZ members and non-members alike. 

Visit the Congress website  for more information.


We look forward to seeing you at this fantastic event!
Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria (RBGV)

Team Leader Landscape Systems
  • Contribute to the sustainability of a Melbourne icon
  • A unique opportunity to work on complex heritage and contemporary sites
  • Excellent work life balance
Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria is comprised of two significant sites: Melbourne Gardens, a
world-renowned heritage landscape with a significant state-owned collection, much loved by Melburnians, and Cranbourne Gardens, a conservation and design site dedicated to Australian flora and fauna, including the internationally award-winning Australian Garden.  

This role is responsible for leading and developing the Landscape Systems team to provide services and expert advice on areas such as lake systems, water play systems, wetlands, recycled water for irrigation (including treatment centre) recycling of green organics, biosecurity and
catchment hydrology.
The ideal candidate will have detailed knowledge and experience in integrated water management and water conservation with a focus on horticulture and aquatic biota.
Please refer to the position description for more detail  by COB 24 July 2017.
Enquiries can be directed by email to Catherine Carter, Recruitment Officer at
Applications will only be accepted via the Victorian Government website .
Southern Highlands Botanic Gardens
Winning Visitor's Centre Design

Earlier this month the winning design for a proposed Visitor's Centre at the Southern Highlands Botanic Gardens was announced. 

Five award-winning architects and their design teams were invited to submit their designs. The proposal from John Wardle Architects won the competition jury, which featured eminent members of the architectural profession, a landscape architect and SHBG board members.

The new Visitor's Centre is expected to become an attraction in its own right, elevating the Garden's position as a botanic institution with national and international significance.

Click here to read more  about the winning design, including extracts from the jury's report.
National Tree Day 2017 (Australia)

Be inspired! It's in our nature.
National Tree Day (July 30)
Schools Tree Day (July 28)

Be part of Australia's largest community tree planting and nature-care event. Join thousands of community groups, sport clubs, faith groups and families, in making a difference to your community, fostering a love of nature and creating positive environmental change. 

If you are involved in a Botanic Garden or Arboretum, being involved in National Tree Day is a great way to:
  • enhance local communities, 
  • connect people with nature, 
  • empower individuals to make a difference,
  • inspire positive environmental change, and
  • safeguard our country's native flora and fauna

Above: BGANZ Open Day Ambassador Costa Georgiadis getting on board Australia's National Tree Day.

Dig in and register at  or call 1300 88 5000 to run a tree planting event or nature-care activity at your nearby park, sports field, nature reserve or workplace.
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Eamonn Flanagan, Excutive Officer, BGANZ
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