Planning for our future.
The Campus Development Plan is part of a significant investment in shaping the future, and includes projects such as the new Arts Precinct and 1 Central Courtyard redevelopment, which have already begun.
We’re creating a place where learning opportunities are multiplied by a campus with porous boundaries designed for interaction and collaboration at the heart of the Macquarie Park Innovation District.
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Commitment to trees and wildlife remains at the forefront of planning throughout the Campus Development works. The University replants two trees for every one impacted by development, including planting 50 locally native trees every year. Within our broader open space network, the campus Master identifies around nine hectares of naturally forested and creek-side lands to be managed long-term for biodiversity values. This is equal to 7 per cent of the campus.
Since 2010, two hectares of bush-land in and around the University Fauna Park have been under a program of assisted natural regeneration, which has resulted in hundreds of young trees coming up and reproductions of other ground and shrub layer species.
Naturalising of previously disturbed land along our creeks has been progressing since 2008. The regeneration effort to date has grown the coverage of habitat zones along our creeks by 25 per cent in eight years, while adding more than 100,000 native plants to the campus environment.
Bushcare@MQ, a group of staff, students and the community, meets regularly to help preserve the biodiversity of our beautiful campus. Learn more and join on Facebook.
When deciding which species of trees to plant in public spaces, we take into consideration the tree's size at maturity, rate of growth in the early stages, projected lifespan, limb/canopy stability, and its visual and local-cooling amenity.
All trees in the areas used on a daily basis by staff, students and other visitors are part of an ongoing audit to ensure they are safe.
Macquarie University has long been committed to, and continues to have, an integrated and sustainable approach to any development on our campus. Wherever possible, we aim to use sustainable materials and high levels of sustainable design, minimising the impact on our beautiful green campus that started with the first landscape plantings in 1967.
Currently, we replant two trees for every one removed. We think about the longevity of the trees we choose and the fauna on campus who may use them.
To replenish trees that are damaged in storms or in decline, the University plants 50 locally native trees every year. In addition, since 2010, two hectares of bushland in and around the University Fauna Park have been under a program of assisted natural regeneration, which has resulted in hundreds of young trees coming up and reproductions of other ground and shrub layer species. Our campus creeks have been replanted and naturalised with native vegetation at an enormous rate over recent years too.
As always, safety is our top priority on campus. A key aim of our works is to improve pedestrian safety and amenity on campus. As part of this, we are aiming to improve pedestrian access on campus and ensure carparks are located on the perimeter. During the works, alternative vehicular and pedestrian access routes may be implemented; however, they will be well signposted and advertised in advance.
During the works, alternative vehicular and pedestrian access routes may be implemented; however, they will be well signposted and advertised in advance. Accessible parking numbers are being maintained and improved across campus in most locations.
Our safety systems and processes will be in place at all times during works to ensure everyone’s safety.