National Arboretum Canberra

Public Facility
Project Management
$50 000 000+
ACT
National Arboretum Canberra
 Client   ACT Shared Services Procurement on behalf of
 Territory and Municipal Services
 (now Transport Canberra and City Services)
 Sector  Public Facility
 Value  $70 million
 Size  250 ha
 Timeframe     2012 - 2013
 Role  Project Manager

An arboretum is a place where trees are cultivated for conservation, scientific and educational study, display and preservation. The vision of the ACT Government in establishing the National Arboretum was for it to become one of the great arboreta in the world; to provide a place of outstanding beauty of international standard and a destination and recreational resource for the local community and visitors to Canberra.

The National Arboretum features 100 forests of Australian natives and various rare and endangered trees from Australia and around the world. The project to develop the National Arboretum was a complex and highly accelerated program that required careful planning and close management of the performance of many contractors and consultants.

In mid-2012, two of Xact’s senior personnel were seconded to ACT Shared Services Procurement (SSP) to provide project management resources for this critical and very public project. At the time when Xact’s personnel first joined the SSP project team there was considerable pressure to achieve both the budget and timeframe for completion. Also, significant components of the work had not been fully designed and/or committed for construction.

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