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Western Queensland

This page will bring you garden-related information particularly relevant to plants and gardening in outback Qld. For more about gardening in Qld generally, check the menu at left or try the Site Search


New bottle trees for heroes

Four Roma bottle trees requiring removal due to poor health will be replaced in time for Anzac Day. Two of the trees are in Heroes Avenue and the plaques will be retained and associated with the new trees, continuing the tradition of the memorial. Source: Bottle tree removal in Roma - this Saturday & Sunday (February 2017)

Older news at bottom of page.


If you're involved in any gardening clubs or environmental groups in W Qld, please send in your links or other information which might help gardeners in the challenging environment of the west.

As a place to start, please check out the local government links below. Your local authority may be able to help you with information about water, parks, community groups, free plant programmes etc.
Longreach Regional Council Longreach, Ilfracombe, Isisford, Yaraka
Maranoa Regional Council includes Roma, Mitchell and Surat
Some of the following may be pre-amalgamation. They will be updated over time. In the meantime,, try the link and hopefully you will be re-directed to the appropriate new council website, where applicable.
Barcaldine Regional Council includes Barcaldine, Aramac and Jericho
Balonne Shire Council includes St George and Dirranbandi
Murweh Shire includes Charleville and Augathella
Paroo Shire includes Cunnamulla
Diamantina Shire Council includes Birdsville
Bulloo Shire Council (which includes Thargomindah) - no website found at time of writing
McKinlay Shire Julia Creek

Other Links
Water Efficient Gardens Another page on this website
Gardening in Hughenden Society for Growing Australian Plants Queensland Region, Inc. Includes information about Roma Community Garden
Savanna Explorer Information about the savanna regions of northern Australia
Desert Channels Queensland Natural resource management in the Qld part of the Lake Eyre Basin
Journal of an Expedition into the Interior of Tropical Australia In Search of a Route from Sydney to the Gulf of Carpentaria by Lt. Col. Sir Thomas Livingstone Mitchell. Web edition of the 1848 book from eBooks@Adelaide (University of Adelaide Library)
Sir Thomas's Plants Association of Societies for Growing Australian Plants
"The Changing Years": A History of the Warroo Shire, Queensland. Historical information about Surat and district, by G.O. Armstrong. Includes notes on "Flora of Warroo Shire"
"In Mitchell's Footsteps": A History of the Balonne Shire, Queensland Historical information about Goondiwindi and district, by G.O. Armstrong
"Waggamba Shire Story": A History of the Waggamba Shire, Queensland. Historical information about St George and district, by G.O. Armstrong. The section "Some Soils of Waggamba Shire" include notes on soil and vegetation of the region
Mitchell Grass Downs World Wildlife Fund
Burke and Wills Dig Tree, Thargomindah. Queensland Heritage Register, Environmental Protection Agency
Hodgkinson's Marked Tree, north of Camooweal. Queensland Heritage Register, Environmental Protection Agency
Tree of Knowledge (now deceased), Barcaldine. Queensland Heritage Register, Environmental Protection Agency
War Memorial and Heroes Avenue, over 90 Brachychiton rupestris in Roma. Queensland Heritage Register, Environmental Protection Agency
Tregole National Park between Roma and Charleville. Notable for its stand of rare Ooline trees (Cadellia pentastylis). Environmental Protection Agency, Queensland
Poplar Box and Belah Woodland Discusses a Regional Ecosystem near Goondiwindi including some of the plants and animals that inhabit it. Environmental Protection Agency, Queensland
Desert Uplands Strategic Land Resource Assessment Technical report covering geography and vegetation of the bioregion between Charters Towers and Blackall
Diary of an Amateur Cottage Gardener Blog from the Moonie area
Visit Mitchell Things to see in and around Mitchell, Qld (west of Roma), including natural environment
Bonus Downs near Mitchell
Mitchell Railway Station History of Mitchell as well as the railway station
Myendetta Station near Charleville
Charlotte Plains near Cunnamulla
Acacia stenophylla A.Cunn. ex Benth. Eumong, River Cooba. Water for a Healthy Country
Eucalyptus camaldulensis Dehnh. River Red Gum. Water for a Healthy Country
The Australian Inland Rail Expressway A plan to develop a Melbourne to Darwin rail link through Queensland and NSW, thereby stimulating regional development.

Older News

Goondiwindi students sunflower champions
Goondiwindi State High School have won the annual Sunflower Competition withan entry weighing 1.837kg. More information atThe University of Queensland website: Goondiwindi growers top the scales (May 2010)

Tree of Kowledge goes to university
One 25 plants propagated from Barcaldine's "Tree of Knowledge" after it's 2006 poisoning has been donated to the University of Queensland and has found a home at the St Lucia campus. Source: Knowledge planted at UQ (November 2009)

Researchers look to W.Qld for new ornamentals
Researchers from the The University of Queensland have collected seeds from native species with horticultural potential from sites in Western Qld. Some may ultimately be bred to develop cut flowers and water-efficient garden plants. The region itself could even develop as a destination for flower-loving tourists. Read more here: Outback flowers have pots of potential, say UQ experts



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