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Free Plant Program

free-plant-programIpswich City Council provides a Free Plant Program each financial year to assist residents in developing a greener and more beautiful Ipswich.

Council endeavors to give away 120,000 plants per annum. Plants are proudly propagated and grown in Ipswich City Council's production nursery. Plant species are chosen and propagated to suit local climate and soil conditions.

As an Ipswich resident you are entitled to free plants every financial year under the Council's Free Plant Program.  The following entitlements are available upon presentation of proof of residency:

Type of Resident/Property/PartnerMaximum Number
of Plants
Residential/Renters (including duplex/dual occupancy)  6 plants
Riparian Allotments (on a river)  15 plants
Acreage (0.4ha - 4ha, 1 acre - 10 acres or 4000m² - 40,000m²)  15 plants
Home owner (Ratepayer) of newly build homes (under 12 months old)25 plants
Peri Urban (4ha - 20ha, 10 acres - 50 acres or 40,000m² - 200,000m²)  30 plants
Habitat Gardens Partner20 native plants

Note:

  • Please do not complete the application form as this is not required
  • Please see the Required Documents section below for the documents that must be provided
  • Owner occupiers of newly built homes (under 12 months old) will be entitled to a one-off allocation of 25 plants in addition to their annual allocation
  • Habitat Gardens Partners are entitled to 20 native plants in addition to their original 6 eligible plants

Further allocations are available for selected customer types upon submission of an application form where eligible.  Applications will only be accepted from eligible customers.

When am I required to complete an application?

Free plants are also available to the following property types, groups and residents with Landholder Partnerships upon submission of an application and plan:

Type of Group/Property/Landholder PartnershipMaximum Number
of Plants
Townhouse/Strata Titles4 plants
Large Land Parcel (over 20ha or 50 acres)  100 plants
Church
School – including Day Care Centres
Sporting Club
Registered Wildlife Carer   200 native plants  
Nature Conservation Agreement
Bushland Conservation Agreement
Waterways Conservation Agreement
Koala Conservation Agreement
(Eligible for up to 500 native plants the first year)
Land for Wildlife Partner

Note:

  • Applications will only be accepted when required, as listed above
  • Free Plants are to be planted at the property stated in your application, they are not to be redistributed
  • A signed Landholder Partnership must already be in place to be eligible for the outlined number of plants
  • Plants from the above categories are selected by the Nursery Staff based on the information provided in your application
  • Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application within 2 weeks
  • If your application is successful applicants will be contacted to organise a suitable date and time for collection – due to the number of plants to be collected applicants are unable to select from the nursery as would normally be possible

To complete the online Free Plant Application Form, please visit Council's Online Services portal and follow the steps below:

  • Click the 'Application Lodgement' icon on the menu to the right
  • Sign in if already registered for services, or register via the links shown
  • Council will create a new user account and inform you when you can proceed with your Application Lodgement.

Alternatively, complete the form below and submit via email to council@ipswich.qld.gov.au or post to the listed address:

Free Plant Program Application Form (PDF, 42.8 KB)

Free Plant Program
Ipswich City Council
PO Box 191
Ipswich QLD 4305

Required Documents

The following documents must be presented to receive the above plant entitlements:

Type of ResidentDocuments to be Presented
Home owner (Ratepayer) A current Rates Notice
Home owner (Ratepayer) of newly build homes
(under 12 months old)
A current Rates Notice and  
a Certificate of Occupancy or a Form 21
(either can be obtained through your builder)
Private Renter Your landlords current Rates Notice
Defence Housing home occupant Defence Housing Rental book or
letter from Defence Housing Authority
(giving authorisation for the resident to collect the plants)
Department of Housing and Public Works home occupant Rental Statement from the Department
Habitat Gardens Partner A current Rates Notice and
your Habitat Gardens welcome letter

Note:

  • A copy of a current Rates Notice is acceptable
  • Where a current Rates Notice is unable to be presented a Drivers Licence or Seniors Card showing the current residential address can be accepted

Nursery Opening Hours

Council nurseries are closed on Public Holidays.

Queens Park Nursery
Goleby Avenue, Ipswich
Wednesday and Thursday

7.30 am to 12.00 pm and

12.30 pm to 3.00 pm

Saturday   8.00 am to 12.00 pm
Goodna Nursery
Corner of Church Street and Queen Street, Goodna
Wednesday                8.00 am to 12.00 pm

Note: Please be aware that when collecting plants from Goodna Nursery the resident will only by supplied with a maximum six plants unless previous arrangements have been made with nursery staff.  (This is due to the limited number of plants that can be stored on site.)

Purchasing Nursery Plants

You may not be aware but Ipswich residents are also able to purchase plants from the Queens Park Nursery, as long as proof of current residential location is confirmed at time of purchase (eg Drivers Licence).  Customers from outside the city of Ipswich cannot purchase plants from the Council nursery.

Payment methods accepted are EFTPOS, Credit/Debit Card or Cash.

Mobile Nursery Schedule

If you haven’t collected your plants from Queens Park or Goodna Nurseries, come along to the next mobile nursery to collect your six free plants. Please bring appropriate documentation as listed on this page.

Note: Please be aware that when collecting plants from the Mobile Nursery the resident will only by supplied with a maximum six plants unless previous arrangements have been made with nursery staff.  (This is due to the limited number of plants that can be transported via the mobile nursery.)

Mobile Nursery Schedule  2018

Location

Date

Time

Raceview Shopping Centre, 64 Raceview Street, Raceview

Saturday, 28 April

8.00 am - 11.00 am

Division 5 Electorate Office (carpark), 2-3 Jacaranda Street, East Ipswich

Saturday, 12 May

8.00 am - 11.00 am

Grande Park, 40 Grande Avenue, Springfield Lakes

Saturday, 9 June

8.00 am - 11.00 am

Reals Park, 6A Cribb Street, Sadliers Crossing

Saturday, 23 June

8.00 am - 11.00 am