Townley planting the seed for preservation
COFFS Harbour's deputy mayor Sally Townley is proposing the council move to preserve and protect the valuable information in the Botanic Garden's herbarium database by modernising its computer system.
Established in the 1990s the herbarium, which contains more than 30,000 collected plant specimens, stores decades of information and thousands of records but still has a single user base platform.
The collection houses regional plants of significance dating back to the 1920s.
Cr Townley has given notice of her intention to move at tomorrow's council meeting that the council investigate the transfer of the Botanic Garden's herbarium database to an updated platform, which includes Geographic Information Systems (GIS) interface capability.
She also wants the council to make arrangements for the stewardship of this database, and authorise external user access as required.
Many of the herbarium's plants have been collected or identified over more than 30 years by world-renowned botanist Dr Alex Floyd, who is now 87.
Dr Floyd has also maintained the herbarium's database.