Finalist: Sustainable Education Award
Friends of Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens
For 20 years, Friends of Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens has worked to create and maintain a place for the community to connect with nature. Their story begins in 1998, when the group successfully campaigned for the creation of botanic gardens at Benowa on the Gold Coast. Off the back of determination and hard work, the group helped transform a weed-infested paddock into the nationally recognised Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens.
Two decades on, the group now consists of 300 members and 70 volunteers committed to educating the community on the value of biodiversity and nature. In 2017, the group completed its Biodiversity in Focus project to install a self-guided interpretive sign trail. Utilising eight interpretive signs, the trail guides visitors on an informative journey through the Indigenous history of the site and the endangered native plant species located throughout the gardens.