Exhaustive consultation was undertaken during the planning and design stages of the Rio Tinto Naturescape Kings Park project. This has enhanced the final design and all elements of the project.
Community consultation was undertaken through a series of workshops with community representatives, Kings Park staff and volunteers, potential funding partners and other stakeholders.
Members of the public made 231 submissions during a further two-month public consultation process to seek the wider views of the community. More than 90% of the submissions approved of the project going ahead.
There was strong support for the premise that urban children need to experience nature in order to engage young minds in environmental conservation for the future. A handful of objections were received, mostly relating to the location of the site and risk management issues.
Consultation has been carried out with a range of international and state groups and organisations including the following:
- Eden Project - England
- Melbourne Botanic Gardens - Australia
- Royal Botanic Gardens Kew - England
- New York Botanic Gardens - United States of America
- Brooklyn Botanic Gardens - United States of America
- Missouri Botanic Gardens - United States of America
- Chicago Field Museum - United States of America
- Environmental Education Consultants Group - Australia
- Australian Botanic Gardens, Canberra - Australia
- Water Corporation's Waterwise schools
- Western Australian school teachers
- Environmental educators from conservation organisations
- Conservation groups
- The Authority's Indigenous reference group
- Local and State Government representatives
- Kings Park's volunteer community groups
Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority, Perth, Western Australia. (2008). Audit of public submissions on the Kings Park and Botanic Garden. Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority, Perth, Western Australia.