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Free Plant Program

Ipswich City Council provides a Free Plant Program each financial year to assist residents in developing a greener and more beautiful Ipswich. As an Ipswich resident you are entitled to free plants every financial year under the program and council endeavors to give away 120,000 plants per annum. Plants species are chosen to suit local climate and soil conditions and are proudly propagated and grown in Ipswich City Council's production nursery.

General Free Plant Entitlements

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
Homeowner (ratepayer) of newly built homes (under 12 months old) 25 plants
Peri-urban (4ha - 20ha, 10 acres - 50 acres or 40,000m² - 200,000m²)  30 plants
Habitat Gardens Partner 20 native plants

Note:

  • Please do not complete the application form as this is not required
  • The above plant entitlements are available upon presentation of proof of residency in Ipswich
  • Please see the Required Documents section below for the documents that must be provided
  • Owner occupiers of newly built homes (under 12 months old) are 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.

Landholder Partnerships Plant Entitlements

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
Townhouses/strata titles 4 plants
Large land parcels (over 20ha or 50 acres)  100 plants
Churches
Schools (including daycare centres)
Sporting clubs
Registered wildlife carers   200 native plants  
Nature conservation agreements
Bushland conservation agreements
Waterways conservation agreements
Koala conservation agreements (eligible for up to 500 native plants the first year)
Land for Wildlife Partners

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

Applications

Online:

To complete the online 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.

Hardcopy:

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, 81.6 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
Homeowner (ratepayer) Current rates notice
Homeowners (ratepayer) of newly build homes
(under 12 months old)
Current rates notice and certificate of occupancy or Form 21
(obtained through your builder)
Private renter Your landlords current rates notice
Defence housing home occupant Defence housing rental book or letter from Defence Housing Australia authority
(giving authorisation for resident to collect plants)
Department of Housing and Public Works home occupant Rental statement from the Department of Housing and Public Works
Habitat Gardens Partner Current rates notice and your Habitat Gardens welcome letter

Note:

  • A copy of a current rates notice is acceptable
  • If a current rates notice is unable to be presented, a driver licence or senior card showing current residential address will be accepted

Council Nurseries

Queens Park Nursery Opening Hours
Address 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
Public holidays CLOSED (including Anzac Day on 25 April)
Goodna Nursery Opening Hours
Address Cnr Church Street and Queen Street, Goodna
Wednesday 8.00 am to 12.00 pm
Public holidays CLOSED

Note:

  • Due to the limited number of plants that can be stored onsite at Goodna Nursery, residents will only by supplied with a maximum six plants unless previous arrangements have been made with nursery staff.

Purchasing Nursery Plants

Ipswich residents are also able to purchase plants from the Queens Park Nursery provided proof of current residential location is confirmed at the time of purchase (e.g. driver licence). Customers not resident in the City of Ipswich cannot purchase plants from council nurseries. Payment methods accepted are EFTPOS, credit/debit card or cash.

Mobile Nursery

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 above.

Mobile Nursery Schedule  2019

LocationDateTime
Raceview Shopping Centre, 64 Raceview Street, Raceview  Saturday, 6 April 8.00 am - 11.00 am
George Palmer Park (Mother's Day tree planting), Sealy Street, Silkstone Sunday, 12 May 8.00 am - 11.00 am
East Ipswich Honour Playground, 129 Chermside Road, East Ipswich Saturday, 18 May 8.00 am - 11.00 am

Note:

  • Due to the limited number of plants able to be transported, residents will only be supplied with a maximum six plants unless previous arrangements have been made with nursery staff.