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.
Robertson Road Cultural Garden
Robertson Road entry gates, either side of the Bridle Path
30 May to mid-July (weather permitting)
Greater Sydney Parklands with a funding contribution from the Centennial Parklands Foundation’s Legacy Fund
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.
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):
The works will be completed in four stages:
- Topsoil stripping and minor excavation works
- New irrigation installed to secure a water source for the garden
- Pavement works and sandstone block seating for visitor access to the garden
- New cultural plantings and interpretative signage installs
Construction hours will be from 7am to 5pm
on weekdays only, with no work on weekends.
Works will take at least six weeks and are due to start on 30 May.
Access to Centennial Park through Robertson Road gates
Traffic Management will be in place to ensure the garden can be installed safely. All visitors to the park, whether in vehicles, on foot or on a horse are asked to follow all signage and instructions from rangers.
The Robertson Road gate exit will be closed, to vehicles, every day from 1pm to help faciliate the works, allow horses to enter the parklands and for the safety of visitors and contractors installing the garden. Signage will be in place.
Pedestrian will still be able to access the Parklands via Robertson Road, with detour signage in place.
Riders and horse handlers will be able to use the Bridle Path for 15 minutes every hour, when any construction which may impact horses will be placed on hold. The 15 minute periods will start at 5 minutes to the hour and end at 10 minutes past the hour (example 9:55am - 10:10am). Riders will also be able to use the Robertson Road exit road on weekdays from 3pm and from 1pm on weekends to enter and exit the park.