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Welcome to the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority's news, keeping you up-to-date with what's happening in Kings Park and Bold Park. You may like to view our social media stream, subscribe to one of our newsletters or browse the media section and science highlights.

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Visitors to the Western Australian Botanic Garden will now arrive to a grand new entrance, prominently designated with its name in 600 mm high, brushed aluminium letters and complemented by a spectacular sculpture, ‘Symbiotica’, which frames the entry.

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More than 100,000 visitors flocked to Kings Park for the opening of the 2017 Perth International Arts Festival (PIAF) from Friday 10 to Sunday 12 February, to experience an audio-visual feast of Nyoongar culture and Western Australia’s biodiversity.

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Kings Park and UWA Scientists Dr Todd Erickson, Dr David Merritt, and Assistant Professor Andrew Guzzomi have won a top prize at the 2016 WA Innovator of the Year awards.

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Protecting Western Australia’s rich biodiversity while enabling economic development will be easier in the future thanks to a new scientific collaboration and co-ordination efforts actively supported by the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority.

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A major grant was announced on 7 September 2016 that will see the construction of a purpose-built volunteer hub in Kings Park and Botanic Garden.

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The Fraser Avenue lawns in Kings Park have received a majestic new addition, after a large tree was transplanted there by crane from the Western Australian Botanic Garden on 19 August 2016.

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Dedicated Kings Park volunteer and member of the Highgate RSL Norman Manners has been recognised for his commitment to honouring Australian war veterans with a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in the 2016 Queen's Birthday Honours.

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Months of collecting data in the field at dawn have paid off for Research Scientist Dr Alison Ritchie, who has won a prestigious award for her studies into conserving Banksia woodlands on the Swan Coastal Plain.

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The new Pilbara Seed Atlas and Field Guide is the culmination of more than five years' collaborative research into seeds to improve land rehabilitation in the region.

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We celebrate Kings Park and Bold Park as significant places for all people - from the Wadjuk Nyoongar people as traditional custodians to the multicultural community of the present day.

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Kings Park's beloved floral clock has been given a timely makeover, with the painstaking restoration of its original clock hands and landscaping revival.

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The Kings Park Guides have been named 2016 WA Community Volunteer Organisation of the Year in recognition for their outstanding contribution to the community.

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Christmas and New Year services

Visitors are advised that a number of services within Kings Park and Botanic Garden will be unavailable over the Christmas and New Year period.

Concert traffic interruptions

Road and carpark closures will occur in Kings Park and Botanic Garden from December 2018 until May 2019 due to concert events.

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Call for Aboriginal tourism operators

Kings Park, or Kaarta Koomba, invites local businesses employing, owned or run by Aboriginal people to provide new tourism and cultural experiences for its visitors.

Stay cool in Kings Park this summer

Kings Park will host the coolest line up of events this summer, including a stunning repeat of smash hit 'Boorna Waanginy: The Trees Speak' during the 2019 Perth Festival.

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