Free trees and conservation planting program
Council’s Free Trees and Conservation Plantings Program, entitling ratepayers to receive two free tubestock plants per financial year continues this year.
Ratepayers will no longer receive a voucher as in previous years, but only have to take their half yearly rates notice to the collection points.
The tubestock plants are grown by the Gympie and District Landcare and Cooloola City Farm. The plants available are native to the Gympie Region and are adapted to local conditions. Planting local native species helps to increase biodiversity values in the region and provides food and habitat for our local fauna.
Collect your free tubestock by 31 May 2017. Take your rates notice to the Gympie and District Landcare Group Nursery, or Cooloola City Farm Nursery.
Free trees for Community Organisations
Gympie Regional Council is offering free native plant tubestock for schools, clubs and local community groups to plant within their grounds. The free trees are an initiative of Council that aims to promote the use of native plants within our region. Introducing native plants into our gardens attracts local wildlife including birds and butterflies back into our gardens. These plants create food and habitat opportunities for a myriad of other kinds of native fauna also.
The free plants can be used for a variety of purposes including community tree plantings to revegetate gardens, create shady areas, plan an educational rainforest walk, extend Koala habitat corridors or plant a garden designed specifically to attract native birds or butterflies.
A maximum of 200 plants are available for each organisation with a minimum of 3000 plants available over two application rounds throughout the year. Applications for free trees are open now and will remain open until 21 February 2017.
Applicants must be a registered community organisation, sporting club, school or not for profit organisation to receive free trees from Council’s Free Tree program.