Mossman Botanic Gardens
As the world is waking up to the increasing challenge that climate change is going to impose globally, a 21st century botanic garden championing tropical rainforest conservation both in Australia and internationally, is being developed in the regional Far North QLD town of Mossman, which is encircled by the world’s oldest living rainforest and is adjacent to the Great Barrier Reef.
The Mossman Botanic Garden (MBG) can bring not only social and economic benefits to the region through tourism, but also through jobs and training opportunities.
As the only botanic garden focused on publicly showcasing unique plants from Australia’s Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, this platform will share stories and communicate around conservation, regeneration, traditional knowledge and how historically, indigenous peoples have managed their land and food resources.
It will provide a variety of new and interesting jobs and will be a botanic garden that truly represents Northern Australia as one of the tropical rainforest conservation champions.
“I personally have known Simon Mahar for over 10 years and was part of the architectural team that worked alongside his team on the Nature Play Centenary Lakes project in Cairns. Simon also worked recently as the Landscape Architect for the Mossman Botanic Garden Stage One schematic designs.
Simon is great to work with as he always brings such a broad depth of knowledge and creativity to every aspect of any project he is working on. He is responsible for instigating a whole new genre of Playground design that many other organisations now reference and he also brings a level of botanical and horticultural tropical expertise to all of his projects that sets the LandPlan team in a category of their own.
In the instance of the deliverables for the Mossman Botanic Garden he drew on the peer group expertise of specialist Botanic Garden experts that he had created and delivered an extremely well researched overview of the Landscape design that the MBG required.
I can highly recommend Simon and his team.”
Nicky Swan | CEO | Mossman Botanic Gardens