The People’s Garden
The Garden’s Design Masterplan, titled ‘Olive Pink Botanic Garden – the People’s Garden’, was launched by Libby Prell on Miss Pink’s birthday, Saturday 17th March. 75 people were on hand to celebrate the unveiling of a sweeping vision of the Garden’s future.
Special guest Julie Marcus, the author of The Indomitable Miss Pink, spoke about Miss Pink’s campaigns and commended the proposed Miss Pink Centre to be located in the existing buildings in the Garden. Libby thanked all of those in the community who put so much into its’ development and then handed over a 108 page Garden Design Masterplan to the new Chair of the Garden’s Board of Trustees, Fran Kilgariff AM. Fran, Peter Latz, Connie Spencer AM and Dr Colleen O’Malley spoke glowingly of Libby’s transformative role in the Garden as Chair over many years, including her work in developing the Design Masterplan.
Fran also talked about her memories of Miss Pink from her childhood, and said that she looked forward to working with everyone on the implementation of this historic and visionary plan for the Garden and the people of Alice Springs.
Developed over 12 months of public and stakeholder consultations, this ambitious plan aims to unlock the potential of the Garden for the people of Alice Springs. It was funded by the NT Government, and developed by landscape designer ‘Clouston and Associates’, architects Dugdale and Associates, and Geoff Miers Garden Solutions after extensive consultation.
A keystone of the Plan is the central place Arrernte culture and employment will have in the future of the Garden. In addition, the Plan outlines how the Garden can make a much greater contribution to the liveability, public amenity, tourism, cultural life and the environment of Alice Spring.
Please click on this link to view a copy of the plan.