The Walanga Wingara Mura Design Principles (pdf, 3.2MB) were introduced in 2016 to bring more Indigenous fauna and flora to the University’s campuses.
Since then, the Open Spaces Team have been continually sourcing local flora for our gardens and green spaces. There are currently more than 500,000 native plants, shrubs and grasses used across our campuses, and of more than 2000 trees, approximately 1400 are native.
Indigenous landscape areas, such as the Transient Garden on Fisher Road are developed using symbols and patterns to reflect Indigenous gathering places and original natural environments.
The University has worked with Greening Australia for a number of years to plant more that 140,000 trees at the University’s Arthursleigh Farm in the NSW Southern Highlands, which is used for teaching and research in pasture agronomy and animal science.
In 2021 alone, the University Infrastructure and Arthursleigh Farm teams have planted 20,000 new trees covering 75 hectares as part of this project. This effort was supported by AstraZeneca’s pledge to plant 25 million trees globally as part of a carbon-sequestering project.
The University’s much-loved jacaranda graced the southern end of the Quadrangle for 88 years before dying in 2016. The planting of a native flame tree and a clone of the original jacaranda was celebrated in a special ceremony today.