Botanic Gardens Australia and New Zealand - BGANZ was registered as an Incorporated Association on 6 April 2004. BGANZ Council conducts the affairs of the Association.
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The Constitution states that the Council will have a maximum of 15 members and shall be comprised of:
- One regional representative from each Australian State and Territory nominated by the regional group or groups in those Australian States and Territories in which such groups exist.
- In any Australian State or Territory where there is no formal regional group, one regional representative nominated by institutional members located in the relevant State or Territory.
- Two representatives from New Zealand botanic gardens nominated by regional group or groups in New Zealand;
- A maximum of two members nominated by the Capital-city Gardens.
- A Councillor- at-Large nominated by the representatives of Associate members and Individual members
- The Immediate Past President.
- represents the interests of botanic gardens in Australia and New Zealand;
- promotes the interests and activities of Australian and New Zealand botanic gardens and botanic gardens generally, and
- enhances the state of botanic gardens for the benefit of the community.
Any organizations and individuals that support these objects and who comply with the rules governing membership are eligible for membership of BGANZ.
The aims of BGANZ include:
- providing a forum for information exchange and coordinated planning;
- fostering best-practice standards amongst Australian and New Zealand botanic gardens and other botanic gardens internationally;
- being an advocate for the interests of Australian and New Zealand botanic gardens;
- providing policy and legislative advice affecting botanic gardens;
- advocating plant conservation and fostering the plant sciences and social and cultural heritage programs;
- building and maintaining links with relevant national and international bodies.
BGANZ holds regular bi-annual national conferences, providing an excellent opportunity for members to hear national and international leaders in the field and to network and participate with others sharing an interest in botanic gardens.
About the BGANZ Magazine:
The Botanic Gardener - The magazine for Botanic Garden professionals
The Botanic Gardener is an electronic magazine (also available in pdf) for the Botanic Gardens of Australia and New Zealand. It is published three times a year, in March, July and November.
The Botanic Gardener - the magazine for Botanic Garden professionals - showcases best practice in Botanic Gardens across Australia, and New Zealand.
BGANZ Professional Groups, BGEN, BRON and BGANZ PD highlight their continuing progress through our Magazine.
The Botanic Gardener draws on the range of expertise and experience from our smallest Regional Botanic Gardens to our largest City Botanical Gardens. If its feature interviews, local and international garden features, or local staff and membership news that interests you then you should be on our mailing list so you never miss an edition.
Issues of concern addressed by BGANZ vary as current issues come to light and are discussed and examined. Issues such as plant conservation will continue to be ever-present sources of concern and action for botanic gardens.
Australian and New Zealand botanic gardens are playing important roles in both national and international conservation, and their holdings of living and preserved plants and seeds are an immense biological resource of information on plant biodiversity. The information sharing facilities provided by BGANZ for such issues have the potential to be of great benefit.
The often quoted statistic (Australian Bureau of Statistics latest survey 2003) that people visit botanic gardens more than any other cultural venues apart from cinemas, demonstrates the need for a body dedicated to representing the interests of these precious resources.