Today, along with the Federal Minister for Regional Services, Local Communities and Territories, the Hon Catherine King MP, and Nicholas and Judy Whitlam, I officially opened the Margaret Whitlam Pavilion at the National Arboretum.
The Arboretum is fast becoming a major attraction to locals and visitors alike and I am pleased to be able to open this new reflective pavilion in honour of one of Australia’s most inspiring women, Margaret Whitlam.
This pavilion will provide a stunning choice for a special occasion or for a conference or small gathering, and will showcase the beautiful views of the national capital from one of Canberra’s most popular sites.
The National Arboretum is home to 40,000 rare, endangered and significant trees from over 100 nations, and has been host to many ceremonial tree plantings with heads of government.
While the pavilion will serve primarily as an event space, it is one of the stand-out features of the Arboretum drawing the attention of visitors from afar, with the pointed curve of its roof breaking up the Arboretum’s rolling topography.
Margaret Whitlam was an advocate of women’s rights, the environment and the arts, and would have enjoyed the artistic nature of this building and its sustainable focus, with low-energy consumption and water recycling taken into consideration in the design and construction of the pavilion.
I encourage people to continue to enjoy the many recreation and leisure offerings of the National Arboretum Canberra and think of the new pavilion as the ideal venue for their next event.