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Robertson Road Cultural Garden

Greater Sydney Parklands acknowledges the importance of Indigenous culture and plantings in the Parklands and is committed to nurturing important and unique heritage and special landscapes.

Project: Robertson Road Cultural Garden
Location: Robertson Road entry gates, either side of the Bridle Path
Project Delivery: early May to end-June (weather permitting)
Project Owner: Greater Sydney Parklands with a funding contribution from the Centennial Parklands Foundation’s Legacy Fund

Project Purpose

To create a garden that centres First Nation People’s knowledge and rich connection to Country. To display an Indigenous narrative of how all people relates to flora, fauna, earth, rocks, wind, water, and sky.
The open green space by the Robertson Road entry has remained unutilized for several years. It’s position at one of the parks four main gates has provided us the opportunity to reflect and acknowledge First Nation’s culture and what is a rich understanding of Country form an Indigenous perspective.
Through a collaborative design process, we aim to create a space that connects park visitors with Country, allowing our Indigenous visitors to feel safe and supported within the Parklands and providing an important step in cultural learnings for our non-Indigenous communities.

Project description

The Cultural Garden has been developed and designed in consultation with traditional owners of Centennial Parklands and is a key deliverable of the Moore Park Masterplan.
It is being funded by the Centennial Park Trust and donations from the Centennial Parklands Foundation Legacy Fund. The Legacy Fund supports conservation, nature education and community programs, projects and initiatives in the Parklands through community donations.
Created at the main entrance to Centennial Parklands, by the Robertson Road gates, the garden will reflect and celebrate the Indigenous understanding of Country and the way we are connected to all elements including flora, fauna, earth, rocks wind and sky.
The garden will include interpretative signage and places for reflection so park visitors may gain a deeper understanding and appreciation for Indigenous culture and the importance of plantings in their use in forage farming, holistic health, and crafts.


How the area looks now

Designs for the new Cultural Garden

Concept based on architect’s vision (final elements are subject to changes):

Project works

The works will be completed in four stages:

  1. Topsoil stripping and minor excavation works
  2. New irrigation installed to secure a water source for the garden
  3. Pavement works and sandstone block seating for visitor access to the garden
  4. New cultural plantings and interpretative signage installs
Works will take at least six weeks and are currently forecast to start in early May.

Access to Sporting Fields during works

The Robertson Road gate exit may need to be closed, to vehicles, at key times while the work is undertaken for the safety of park visitors, horse riders and contractors installing the garden.
Pedestrian will still be able to access the Parklands via Robertson Road, with detour signage in place. 

The Bridle Path may need to be closed for brief periods, during the works, with traffic management plans in place to manage horse movements between CPEC and Centennial Park to minimise impacts.

Frequently Asked Questions
Robertson Road gates is one of the main entrance point to Centennial Parklands and is in need of an upgrade to be more welcoming and appealing for visitors. Due to its prominent position, it is the perfect place for a Garden in honour of our First Nations people. 
There will be three new seats in the Cultural Garden and they will be positioned well away from the Bridle Path.
Yes – timings may be restricted for entries and exits to Centennial Park to ensure safety of horse riders and contractors installing the garden. The Bridle Path (and consequently the CPEC Horse gates) may need to be closed for brief periods, during the works, with traffic management plans in place to manage horse movements between CPEC and Centennial Park to minimise impacts.  No works will be undertaken on weekends, so the Bridle Path will be open on weekends.
The Robertson Road gate exit may need to be closed to vehicles while the work is undertaken, for safety. Cars will still be able to enter via Robertson Road but will have to exit via one of the other gates. Pedestrians will still be able to enter and exit the Parklands from this area.
All signage will face away from the Bridle Path. Two large wooden signs in total will be installed at either end of the garden, so visitors will be able to read them without being on the roadway.  Smaller signage will be installed detailing the types of plants and their cultural significance will be placed throughout the site for visitors to understand the cultural significance of the plantings. 
The works will take approximately six weeks, weather permitting.
Work hours will be 7am to 5pm Monday to Friday.
Find out how Greater Sydney Parklands is enhancing connections at Queens Park with the Queens Park Pedestrian and Cycle Path Project.