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The Public Fund was established in 2004 as a way for the Friends to receive tax-deductible donations. It operates under provisions of the Income Tax Assessment Act. It is administered by a management committee currently comprising Barbara Podger (Chair), Helen Elliott (Treasurer), Alan Henderson (Secretary), Professor Adrienne Nicotra, Louise Maher and Jann Ollerenshaw.

The Public Fund seeks donations to finance worthwhile projects within the Gardens; projects of the kind that could not be financed from the Gardens’ budget.

Since the Fund was established it has supported a number of projects in the Gardens, listed here in order from the most recent to the first in 2007.

  • X-ray micro-graphic assessment of legacy collections of the National Seed Bank. Employment of contract technical officer to conduct x-ray screening of species in legacy collections - many have too few seeds to allow standard germination/viability tests. 
  • Equipment enabling Seedbank volunteers. Purchase of new equipment to improve capacity and outputs - 2 stereo microscopes, a hygropalm moisture reader, a 4-digit analytical balance.
  • Macadamia janseniiseed collection. Support for project to help ensure the long term conservation of this species, by securing genetically representative ex-situ insurance populations. Funds provided for assistance with propagation, freight, promotion and interpretation of the collection in the ANBG.
  • Treehouse. Support for Paperbark Treehouse construction and interpretation.
  • Lichen digitisation. Funding for the digitisation of lichen type specimens held at the CANBR cryptogam herbarium.
  • Rainforest species collection. Support for ANBG collecting trip to collect high altitude climate change threatened tropical rainforest flora in far North Queensland.
  • Aboriginal Plant Use Trail signage and brochure. This project was opened on 21 January 2016. It consists of signs with line drawings for 28 plants, referring to indigenous publications and linking with information and items in the National Museum. Read more.    
  • Purchase of seed counting equipment for the Seed Bank.
  • Purchase of a freezer for seed storage at the Seed Bank.
  • Termite Mound model in the Red Centre Garden. This was installed in the Story Hub of the new garden in the second half of 2013. It is a life-sized model of a termite mound and tells the story of the ecological role termites play in nutrient cycling in the Red Centre. Their red sand nests are an iconic feature of the Central Australian landscape.
  • Eucalypt Discovery Walk, jointly financed by the Bjarne K Dahl Trust and the Public Fund. This is a self-guided walk featuring 21 iconic eucalypts growing in the Australian National Botanic Gardens. Each of the 21 trees has an attractive and informative sign describing key features of that species. A printed brochure includes a map of the walking route and more information about eucalypts. The signs were installed in early 2013.
  • Environmental Monitoring Stations to demonstrate different microclimates within the Gardens. The project was launched on 9 May 2011 by Professor Janette Lindsay of the Australian National University. 
  • Australian Lichen website, which may be found on the Gardens’ website at http://www.anbg.gov.au/lichen/index.html. This was developed by Heino Lepp, Honorary Associate in the Gardens' Cryptogam Herbarium and was officially launched on 10 April 2011.
  • The first project to be financed from the Fund was an architect-designed shelter adjacent to the Rock Garden Lawn (photo top right). It was opened in March 2007 by Her Excellency Mrs Marlena Jeffery, the then Patron of the Friends.

All Public Fund projects, by year and with costs, are included in the list of projects on this website that the Friends have supported financially.

 We invite all who admire and enjoy the Gardens to support its development by donating to the Public Fund. A brochure giving details of the Public Fund is available from the Visitor Centre.

Shelter on the Rock Garden Lawn: inaugural project of the Public Fund
Shelter on the Rock Garden Lawn: inaugural project of the Public Fund

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