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Myrtle Rust

A symposium was held at the Australian National Botanic Gardens on 10 March 2011 bringing together pathogen experts, those with on-ground experience, and representatives from the botanic gardens community.

Web resources for the botanic gardens community will be placed here.

Botanic gardens are among the most frequently visited cultural institutions in Australia. They inspire the appreciation and conservation of plants. They also provide valuable space for recreation and relaxation, and are sites of considerable scientific and cultural significance.

Statement of Purpose

The Council of Heads of Australian Botanic Gardens Incorporated is a not-for-profit Association established for the purpose of supporting:

through working with Australian botanic gardens and other institutions to achieve the following objects:

Constitution

The Council of Heads of Australian Botanic Gardens Incorporated - Rules (PDF document)

Council of Heads of Australian Botanic Gardens Incorporated (CHABG)

A committee of Australia’s executive leaders in botanic gardens manages the affairs of the Council of Heads of Australian Botanic Gardens Inc.

Prof Tim Entwisle (Chair CHABG Inc.)
Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria

Professor Tim Entwisle is a highly respected scientist, scientific communicator and botanic gardens director. He took up the role of Director and Chief Executive of Royal Botanic Gardens in March 2013, following two years in a senior role at Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, and eight years as Executive Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust in Sydney. Tim is an Honorary Professorial Fellow in the School of Botany at The University of Melbourne and has been a Visiting Professor in the School of Biological and Biomedical Science, Durham University. He is an expert in freshwater algae (a genus, family and order of algae were named after him in 2013) but has a broad interest in all plants and related life forms (e.g. he edited and wrote for the 4-volume "Flora of Victoria"). Tim blogs, tweets, and looks for any opportunity to promote science, plants and gardens. Tim has been a regular contributor to ABC radio and its website, and a frequent guest on Australian radio and television over summer 2014/15 he hosted RNs first plant and gardening show, Talking Plants, which ran for a second season in 2015/16. He has written for a variety of science, nature and garden magazines and maintains an active social media profile (including his popular "Talking Plants" blog).

Dr Judy West (Secretary, CHABG Inc.)
Australian National Botanic Gardens, Canberra

Mr Bruce Evans (Treasurer, CHABG Inc.)
Botanic Gardens of South Australia

 

Dale Arvidsson (Ordinary Committee Member)
Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Brisbane

Marcelle Broderick (Ordinary Committee Member)
Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority in Kings Park and Botanic Garden, Perth

Marcelle joined Kings Park in 1998 and is responsible for the visitor services functions, incorporating park management, volunteers, education, events, website and corporate communications and the Aspects of Kings Park retail gallery. The Business and Visitors Services Directorate, which Marcelle leads, is also responsible for all internal business and corporate services, governance, planning and reporting, and external business development, including partnerships, agreements, commercial leases and licenses. Prior to joining Kings Park, Marcelle worked for many years in a number of private and public sector organisations with varied responsibilities including corporate services, social research, community development, employee support and organisational change. She is currently Acting Chief Executive Officer of the BGPA with direct reporting to the Minister for Environment and the BGPA Board of Management.

Gary Davies (Ordinary Committee Member)
Royal Tasmanian Botanic Gardens, Hobart

Bryan Harty (Ordinary Committee Member)
George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens, Darwin

Bryan has held the position of Director of George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens since 2013. He has qualifications in tropical horticulture and environmental science and has worked in the fields of horticultural training and indigenous natural resource management and training since the 1990s.

Dr Brett Summerell (Ordinary Committee Member)
Botanic Gardens and Centennial Parklands, Sydney

Dr Brett Summerell is the Deputy Executive Director, Science and Conservation at the Botanic Gardens and Centennial Parklands, Sydney. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Sydney and at Kansas State University. He has a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (Hons 1) and a PhD from the University of Sydney.

Brett has been employed at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney for over 27 years, initially as a plant pathologist and mycologist. Since the early 2000s he has led the science and conservation programs there, including the National Herbarium of New South Wales and the Australian PlantBank. He maintains a research interest in plant diseases and the systematics of fungi and has published over 150 refereed papers in this area.

Contact us:

The CHABG office is located at the Australian National Botanic Gardens in Canberra.

Address:

Public Officer
CHABG Inc.
GPO Box 1777 Canberra
ACT, 2601
AUSTRALIA

Phone: +61(0) 2 6250 9500
Fax: +61 (0) 2 6250 9599
Email: chabg-sec@anbg.gov.au

CHABG Initiatives:

Directory of Australian Botanic Gardens and Arboreta

NSW Regional Botanic Gardens Network

Census of Plants in Australian Botanic Gardens 1992

Survey of Botanic Gardens Usage

The National Strategy and Action Plan for the Role of Australia's Botanic Gardens in Adapting to Climate Change - 2008

Myrtle Rust - resources for Australia's botanic gardens

Partners

CHABG Inc. works closely with Botanic Gardens Australia and New Zealand Incorporated (BGANZ)

BGANZ is the chief body representing the interests of botanic gardens in Australia and New Zealand. It 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.

Individual, Institutional or Associate membership of BGANZ provide opportunities for information exchange, advocacy, development and grant opportunities and the benefits derived from national conferences and exhibitions. Visit the BGANZ Web Site

Major institutions participating in CHABG

The term 'botanic gardens' is used to include those organisations known by the name 'botanic' or 'botanical' gardens.
CHABG is not an accreditation authority, and does not confer botanic gardens status upon institutions.

 

 


Updated  August 23, 2016 , Web Manager (anbg-info@anbg.gov.au)