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Corymbia cadophora ssp. pliantha, Twin Leaf Bloodwood
Corymbia cadophora ssp. pliantha, Twin Leaf Bloodwood

Botanic Gardens Australia and New Zealand

Established in 2004, Botanic Gardens Australia & New Zealand Incorporated (BGANZ) currently links more than 130 + botanic gardens. BGANZ is a ‘not for profit’ peak industry body formed to build and maintain links with relevant national and international bodies, to benefit our member gardens across Australia and New Zealand.

The network aims to provide a forum for the exchange of information between members and the community and facilitate networking opportunities between members. It fosters best practice standards throughout botanic gardens in Australia and New Zealand and advocates for their interests, including plant conservation, plant sciences and social and cultural heritage programs.

BGANZ aim to build links with relevant national and international bodies who share their passion for contributing to a greener world.

BGANZ enhances the state of botanic gardens for the benefit of the community and advocates for plant conservation, fostering of plant sciences and social and cultural heritage programs.

Aims of BGANZ

Issues of concern addressed by BGANZ vary as current issues come to light and are discussed and examined. Issues such as plant conservation will continue to be ever-present sources of concern and action for botanic gardens.

Australian and New Zealand botanic gardens are playing important roles in both national and international conservation, and their holdings of living and preserved plants and seeds are an immense biological resource of information on plant biodiversity. The information sharing facilities provided by BGANZ for such issues have the potential to be of great benefit.

  • Providing a forum for information exchange and coordinated planning
  • Fostering best-practice standards among Australian and New Zealand botanic gardens and other botanic gardens internationally
  • Being an advocate for the interests of Australian and New Zealand botanic gardens
  • Providing policy and legislative advice affecting botanic gardens
  • Advocating plant conservation and fostering the plant sciences and social and cultural heritage programs
  • Building and maintaining links with relevant national and international bodies

Botanic Gardens Australia and New Zealand – BGANZ was registered as an Incorporated Association on 6 April 2004. The BGANZ Council conducts the affairs of the Association.

The Constitution states that the Council will have a maximum of 15 members and shall be comprised of:

  • 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
  • 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
  • Two representatives from New Zealand botanic gardens nominated by regional group or groups in New Zealand
  • A maximum of two members nominated by the Capital-city Gardens
  • A Councillor-at-Large nominated by the representatives of Associate members and Individual members
  • The Immediate Past President

Recognition

BGANZ Honour Roll

The purpose of the BGANZ Honour Roll is to recognise members who have made a significant contribution to the association for the betterment of botanic gardens across Australia and New Zealand.

Persons inducted to the BGANZ Honour Roll will be presented with a BGANZ badge and their name recorded on the honour roll listed on the BGANZ website.

Honour roll inductees are recognised and presented with the BGANZ badge at the biannual BGANZ congress awards ceremony.

John Sandham receiving his Honour Roll membership from Robyn Stewart, Seasol. Photo: Helen McHugh, BGANZ Council

BGANZ Honour Roll Inductees

  • Dr Phillip Moors
    President 2005–11
  • Anne Duncan
    President 2011–13; Council member 2005–13
  • Dale Arvidsson
    President 2013–15. Council member 2009–2015
  • John Sandham
    President 2015–17, BGANZ 8th Congress organiser, Council member 2011–17
  • Alan Matchett
    Council member 2007–13, 2013 BGCI/BGANZ Conference organiser
  • Mark Fountain
    Council member 2005–11
  • Ms Lesley Hammersley
    Council member 2011–17
  • Brad Crème
    Website Project Manager 2017–18
  • Janelle Hatherly
    Managing Editor, THE BOTANIC GARDENer 2014–17
  • Helen Paulson
    Queensland Representative 2005–11.