Our Plan

Recognising that the gardens will be established on the Traditional Lands of the Eastern Kuku Yalanji people, our plan for the Mossman Botanic Garden is to:

Establish and maintain a world-class botanical institution and horticultural collection, which provides an international standard tourism drawcard

Increase the Far North Queensland events program including sports, lifestyle, cultural and business events, where the Garden would host events, such as the successful vineyard-based programs in Margaret River and the Yarra Valley

Increase the whole of destination touring experience in Far North Queensland to increase domestic and international visitor numbers to the region

As an attraction of international standard which would indirectly contribute to the maintenance, growth and attraction for the aviation sector to support the Far North Queensland tourism industry

$30 million build

The MBG has requested that both the Commonwealth and Queensland Government’s provide funding of $10 million to kick start the building of the gardens, with the remaining $10 million to be provided by philanthropy to build the Garden.

$100 million investment

The MBG will bring more than $100 million investment over ten years in the local community, and business opportunities for existing and new firms in the Douglas Shire and the Cairns region more generally, becoming a global centre for rainforest culture, knowledge, research, education, innovation and conservation.

300 new jobs

The MBG will create more than 300 indirect jobs in the Douglas Shire and Cairns, as well as new technology start-up businesses in botany, education, tourism, agriculture and horticulture

120 direct jobs

The MBG will provide at least 120 full-time equivalent on-going direct jobs in the Douglas Shire area.

$1 to $10 ROI

The MBG will provide a $1 to $10 dollar for dollar return on the Commonwealth Government’s investment from the Building Better Regions Fund over 10 years.

50 new businesses

The MBG will lead to the creation of more than 50 new local and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses.

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