In the 1970s work began to transform the campus into what it is today. A buildings and grounds committee was created and a Landscape Master Plan adopted. The plan focused on making the campus pedestrian friendly and to plant native vegetation (Hartgerink, 2011).
The concept of the ring road circling the campus was implemented. Only pedestrians, bikes and service vehicles are allowed within the ring road area (Taylor Brammer, 2013). This has led to a greater ability to create the landscaped areas that we have now.
The first UOW Landscape Supervisor, Leon Fuller was employed during the 1970s to transform the site. The landscape team under Leon’s supervision commenced planting (Hartgerink, 2011).
Many local native plants were unable to be purchased in those days. Instead the Landscape team created their own plant nursery. They collected local native plant seeds and began propagating seedlings. Approximately 50,000 trees and shrubs have been planted on campus since 1975.
A number of significant trees are located on campus including the large Turpentine (Syncarpia glomulifera). This tree is located next to the P3 carpark and was present on the site in the 1950s.
Ponds and water features
A number of ponds and water features been built to provide flood mitigation, amenity and habitat. The central water feature of the campus landscape is the Duckpond. The Duckpond and surrounding planting and lawns was created in 1979.
In 1994 another iconic water feature was built called the Keiraview ponds and stream. This pond is now known as the McKinnon Pond. The stream runs from Building 30 to the pond and is pumped back to Building 30.