Chief Minister, Katy Gallagher, has today announced a new membership program to the National Arboretum which will help to provide funding to support the future development of the popular institution.
"Canberrans have whole-heartedly embraced the National Arboretum with more than 270,000 people visiting the attraction since it was opened earlier this year and these memberships are a new way that Canberrans can support the facility while receiving some great benefits," the Chief Minister said.
"Members of the arboretum will have a free parking pass and will be kept updated of the latest news at the popular attraction while helping to support the future development of the Arboretum and help make it an even better place for visitors to the capital, education, research and recreation.
"People are able to obtain general membership for $40 per year, while families of up to two adults and three children under 18 will be able to get memberships for $75 per year."
Members will receive a membership card, annual parking pass (which can be used unless during special events which include a parking charge), quarterly electronic newsletter about the latest programs and activities at the Arboretum as well as an invitation to participate in volunteer opportunities.
The Chief Minister said the general membership program was in addition to the foundation membership program which had been operating since February 2013.
So far 39 people have purchased the $10,000 memberships, which are restricted to the first 200 applicants. These memberships include benefits such as acknowledgement on the sponsor's board inside the Village Centre, recognition on the Arboretum website and an annual personalised tour with senior Arboretum staff for six people up to four times.
"The money raised through the various memberships will go towards horticultural, education and infrastructure programs. The memberships are a great chance for people to contribute, in a tangible way, to helping it become one of the great arboreta in the world," the Chief Minister said.
The Chief Minister said that memberships are also available for the dedicated volunteer group, Friends of the National Arboretum Canberra, who provide many of the free tours of the site.
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