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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: 30 May to mid-July (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
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. 

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, but timings have been restricted to ensure safety of horse riders and contractors installing the garden. 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). When entering Centennial Parklands during these fifteen minute periods, please ensure you keep left at the end of the Bridle Path, as the right hand side will be closed. Riders are required to exit the park during the fifteen minute windows mentioned above. Traffic management and signage will be in place and all riders and handlers are asked to follow any directions they are given.
The Robertson Road gate exit gate will be closed to vehicles every day (including weekends) from 1pm. Signage will be in place and motorists will need to use one of the other exits to leave the Park. Pedestrians will still be able to enter the gates and are asked to follow any detour signs.
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.