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Council's green thumb giveaways

07 March, 2013

Council’s green thumb giveaways

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk is encouraging the city’s green thumbs to take advantage of Council’s free native plants program, with more than 20 new plant species on offer this year.

The Lord Mayor said the program gave away an average of 45,000 free native plants to ratepayers, schools, body corporates and community groups annually.

Cr Quirk said the program was part of Council’s commitment to helping residents make their homes and backyards greener and more sustainable.

“This is just one more way that Council is helping make Brisbane Australia’s most clean, green and sustainable city,” Cr Quirk said.

“Every year we offer each residential ratepayer two free native plants of their choice to pick up from their participating local nursery to help grow Brisbane’s urban forest.

“This Council program has been in place since the 1960s and is actually the longest running free plant give-away of its kind in Australia.

“To maintain this ongoing success we have 20 new species on offer, which includes those suitable for smaller courtyards and for growing in pots to ensure unit and townhouse dwellers can also take advantage.”

“We’re also providing a specially designed range of new plant packs for schools, community groups, clubs and body corporates. They include a ‘Bird & Butterfly’ pack and and a ‘Shade & Screening’ pack that will provide targeted environmental and biodiversity benefits.”

Some of the most popular plants on offer include Bottlebrush, Cut Leaf Daisy, Lillypilly, Brisbane Wattle, Tea Tree and Banksia.

Details about how to claim and a list of plants, plant descriptions and participating nurseries is available on Council’s website www.brisbane.qld.gov.au

This financial year Council will invest more than $130,000 towards the free native plant program.

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