Published on : Tuesday, April 8, 2014
TTF Chief Executive Ken Morrison said the draft masterplan is a visionary framework for the future.
“The Royal Botanic Garden and Domain have played a key role for residents and visitors to Sydney for almost 200 years and the draft masterplan outlines a vision to ensure that role is preserved and enhanced for years to come,” Mr Morrison said.
“The precinct welcomes millions of visitors every year, including 900,000 international tourists, and plays a key role in providing spaces for recreation, relaxation and reflection.
“The Royal Botanic Garden and the Domain draft masterplan has the varied needs of those visitors at its heart, balancing the need to maintain the Garden’s important scientific and heritage role with its role as a tourist attraction and ensuring the Domain retains its place as a vibrant events precinct.
“Tourists are increasingly seeking activities which allow them to connect with a location and understand its history and geography and we believe the draft masterplan will enhance the experience for all kinds of visitors.
“The tourism industry welcomes the proposed QEII Orientation Centre near the Opera House, which would provide visitors with interpretive information about the site and help to deliver a more immersive experience.
“Improved facilities at Mrs Macquaries Point will increase visitors’ enjoyment of this iconic place while retaining its natural amenity, while an upgrade of the foreshore pathway from the Sydney Opera House to Woolloomooloo Bay features plans for a tidal walkway that would allow visitors to interact with Sydney Harbour.
“The draft masterplan also includes new signage and themed gardens to help visitors better navigate the site and further integrate the Garden with its surroundings.
“We are also extremely supportive of plans for further activation of the Domain precinct which will make it easier to stage the outdoor events that are an integral part of Sydney’s cultural fabric.
“In addition, we are pleased to see the proposal for a hotel on the western boundary of the Domain which will add welcome capacity to Sydney’s accommodation stocks.”