This week we met with The University of Melbourne to discuss concerns regarding the historically and scientifically significant System Garden, following a media report in late-2016 that the proposed expansion of the neighbouring Veterinary and Agricultural Science building could result the loss of more than 10% of the 160 year old garden. Responding to these concerns, University representatives this week provided the National Trust of Australia (NTAV) with an indication of the footprint of the building and its impact on the System Garden, and we understand that less than 1% of the garden bed space will be permanently impacted, with no loss of heritage plants. We are generally comfortable with the proposed works, and understand that the University is working to conserve and protect the System Garden into the future. The University of Melbourne will continue to keep us informed as plans progress. The System Garden also has been nominated to the Victorian Heritage Register, and we understand that the assessment is due to be advertised in the coming months.
National Trust of Australia (Vic)