There are a significant number of on-line resources that you may wish to consult for general interest or to extend your knowledge on native plant species. The topics addressed range from home gardens, revegetation, conservation and the enhancement of biodiversity.
The following are a series of links to organisations in South East Queensland which you will find useful.
Sunshine Coast Council:
The Council undertakes several relevant programs and provides useful information which can be accessed on-line. You can become involved in conservation through — Land for Wildlife and Volunteering — or find out about local vegetation management and wildlife — Trees, Plants and Wildlife — from the Council’s website.
Noosa Native Plants:
This cooperative venture involving community groups and local government — Noosa’s Plants — is highly regarded as a reference source for the Sunshine Coast, Cooloola and Frazer Island area.
Local native plant nurseries — often have website which give garden friendly information about native plants.
The Living Smart Program-Homes, Solutions and Awards, is a partnership between the Sunshine Coast Council, the Moreton Bay Regional Council and Noosa Council. The — Homes>Biodiversity — pages of its website includes planning and planting a native garden and you can use the search box to find “native plants Sunshine Coast”
Land for Wildlife – South East Queensland:
This program, supported by all the Councils of South East Queensland together with the Australian Government and administered by SEQ Catchments, is a significant contributor to conservation and land management. It’s website — includes a wide range of information particularly suited to those on larger parcels of land.
There are a number of organisations with an Australia Wide Perspective which are important information sources. These include:
Australian Native Plants Society (Australia):
The Society, to which Native Plants Queensland and this branch are affiliated, has promoted native plants since its establishment in 1957. It’s — Website — provides a comprehensive coverage of native plants and their cultivation.
Australian National Botanic Gardens:
The National Botanic Garden in Canberra has the world’s most comprehensive display of living Australian native plants. Its focus is on science and learning, recreation and inspiration.
Centre for Australian National Biodiversity Research:
This Centre includes the Australian National Herbarium. These are jointly managed by CSIRO and the Director of National Parks with strong links to the Australian National Botanic Gardens. The Herbarium houses over 1.2 million specimens. It is responsible for the scientific integrity of the Gardens’ plant labeling and manages the national plant name lists. A single database, the Integrated Botanical Information System (IBIS), is used for all these activities. This facilitates linking of names, photographs, herbarium specimens and living plants.
Greening Australia has an Australia wide perspective and is focussed on achieving – ‘Conservation Without Borders’. It has grown in all states and territories over several decades to a skilled and technically knowledgeable organisation with a healthy respect for Native Plants for conservation and land management. It’s Home Page can guide you to several relevant sections including a Knowledge Portal and up to date information on ways we can assist the recovery of our native plants and animals.
Grow Me Instead:
Grow Me Instead is an initiative of the Nursery and Garden Industry Australia to promote a positive change in the attitude of both industry and the community toward invasive plants. Guides for each state and territory have been published identifying invasive species and non invasive alternatives. Links within this — Website — provide details for more technically minded gardeners and plant enthusiasts.