Have your say on Kings Park’s future

River views from Kings Park. Photo: J. Thomas
River views from Kings Park. Photo: J. Thomas

PEOPLE in Perth are being asked to complete a community survey about Kings Park and Botanic Garden.

The survey seeks the views of everyday Western Australians about the management of the park for the next five years and beyond.

Feedback from the community survey will inform the draft Kings Park and Botanic Garden Management Plan 2020-2025.

Kings Park welcomes more than five million visitors each year, conserves and celebrates Western Australia’s biodiversity, and promotes well-being and local identity in partnership with the community.

The Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority, which manages Kings Park, has established five strategic priorities for the next five years.

These include immersing visitors in experiences of nature and local identity, encouraging community health and social inclusion through connection to nature, culture and identity, and conserving and enhancing and celebrating the cultural and natural heritage of our parks.

Protecting local biodiversity and tackling complex environmental challenges facing our world, and conserving the WA Botanic Garden as a cultural, educational and research institution are also strategic priorities.

Five-year management plans are a legislative requirement for BGPA, and the draft Kings Park and Botanic Garden Management Plan 2020-2025 will be available for public comment in May 2020 with the final plan submitted to the Minister for Environment for approval in mid-2020.

Environment Minister Stephen Dawson said: “Kings Park belongs to the people of Western Australia and it is important we consult with the community on its future.

“The park has a long history of involving the community in the care of the park and I look forward to seeing this continue,” he added.

“I encourage Western Australians to complete the survey and contribute to this important process.”

The survey can be completed online and is available at www.bgpa.wa.gov.au until January 31.