Information about plants & gardens for Brisbane & Qld
This page will help residents of Redland Shire and adjoining bayside suburbs with information about where to obtain plants and other garden products and landscape services, as well as news and links to information relevant to Redland's gardeners.
With Redland City Council support, a community-based effort to deal with organic waste locally is to be trialled on Karragarra Island in Moreton Bay. Participating residents will take material to Karragarra Community Garden, where it will be composted and used to grow more food. A solar-powered, forced aeration composting system will be developed and tested as part of the project. It's hoped that this will efficiently and economically deal with food waste, which could otherwise cause problems in a small, community-run scheme. The University of Queensland’s Centre for Recycling of Organic Waste and Nutrients (CROWN), Running Wild Youth Conservation Culture and Southern Moreton Bay Islands Permaculture are also collaborating in this research. Source: Recycling trial targets organic waste on Karragarra Island (October 2020)
New IndigiScapes nursery opens, main centre closes as upgrade continues
Opening of the new native plant nursery at Redlands IndigiScapes Centre marks completion of the first stage of a five-year upgrade of the Capalaba facility. From 28th January, the main centre building, car park and some bush trails will close for the next stage, which includes expansion of the cafe and other facilities. More information about the upgrade and facilities available while work is in progress can be found at the Redlands IndigiScapes Centre website: www.indigiscapes.com.au (January, 2019)Older news and community links at bottom of page
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Quandamooka Plants The Quandamooka Lands Council area includes Moreton Is., North Stradbroke Is., central and southern Bay islands, nearby mainland.
Wallum Vegetation Fact Sheet by Greening Australia Queensland (Inc.) [PDF]
Download: Key to eucalypts of Greater Brisbane Download page for the PDF file. Environmental Protection Agency, Qld
Download: Key to the wattles of Greater Brisbane Dowload the PDF file from this page. Environmental Protection Agency, Qld
Russell Island Community website
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Suburbs and disrticts covered include: Wellington Point, Cleveland, Capalaba, Alexandra Hills, Victoria Point, Mt Cotton, Thornlands, Sheldon, Redland Bay, Russell Island, Stradbroke Island, Ormiston.
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Redlands koala tree vandalised
A high-value koala food and refuge tree in Wellington Point has been vandalised by cutting, drilling and the application of a chemical. One of the suburb's iconic poincianas has also been repeatedly hacked at, possibly in an attempt to speed decay of the tree. Source: Koala food tree and others icons at risk from vandalism (February, 2018)
IndigiScapes set to grow
A five -year upgrade of the Redlands IndigiScapes Centre has commenced. The first stage is an expanded nursery to supply Redland City Council with stock of local native species for its planting program as well as the public. Stage two will include expansion of the cafe and other amenities. Sources: First sod turned on IndigiScapes expansion (August, 2017), Redland City Council secures funding for lndigiScapes expansion (October, 2017)
Redlands landmark safe for now
A 130 year-old Cook Island Pine at Wellington Point will continue to be protected by a Vegetation Protection Order (VPO). Redland City Council decided not to revoke the VPO after more than 70 submissions were received from the community. The tree is a local landmark and is appreciated by bird life including Eastern Osprey. Source: Council decision protects 130 year-old tree (December, 2013)
Habitat for Homestead Park
It's planned that 12,000 trees will be planted at Homestead Park, Mount Cotton and provide wildlife corridors between exsisting bushland. The project is part of environmental offsets for upgrades by Energex in Redland City and will be delivered by SEQ Catchments. Redland City Council says that this is an example of partnerships with other organisations delivering benefits for the community and the environment at no cost to Council. Source: 12,000 new trees for the Redlands (March 2013)
Mine rehabilitation more than plants
Functional ecosystems include both plants and animals. A study of a rehabilitated sand-mining site on North Stradbroke Island has shown that areas revegetated with the most "success" did not necessarily attract koalas. On the other hand, some areas rated much lower with respect to flora were nevertheless being used by koalas. These findings indicate that fauna should be included when assessing the success of a rehabilitation project. Source: Koalas and mine site restoration (February 2013)New Redland Bay islands plant ID book available
Volume 2 of "Native Plants of the Bay Islands" has been launched by Cow Bay Bushcare Group. For more information including where to obtain the book, go to the Redland City Council website: Bushcare group launches second volume of plant reference book (PDF) (November 2011)
Kinross Road Structure Plan
The draft plan is now available for comment. Redland City Council say that the plan includes an extensive green space network and protection for koalas. Feedback from the community will be accepted until 22 July, and there will be an open house at Thornlands Community Hall on 4th June with maps and Council staff avilable to answer questions. More information: Green space a feature in draft Kinross Road Structure Plan (PDF) (April 2011)
What price koalas?
A study of four suburbs in Redland City has attempted to quantify the effect of koalas and koala habitat on poperty values. The results indicate that if koalas can be seen from a particular property, people will pay an estimated $3100 extra for it. Location in a koala habitat area is also considered advantageous. The report, The presence of koalas in neighbourhoods and property values: a hedonic property values study (PDF), is available at Redland City Council's new Koala Central website, which has a range of news, information and other material for adults and children. (September 2010)