More than 100,000 free plants are up for grabs in 2022, many of which will be brought to the suburbs of Ipswich in the coming months as part of council’s Free Plant Program.
Environment and Sustainability Committee Chairperson Councillor Russell Milligan said Ipswich residents are entitled to six free plants each financial year under the Free Plant Program, and a mobile nursery ensures all members of the community have convenient access to the program.
“Council is dedicated to greening the city as much as possible for the benefit of residents, native fauna and flora, and our environment,” Cr Milligan said.
“Studies show gardening reduces stress, decreases risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes, makes people happy, keeps their minds sharp, and helps them sleep better.
“That is why council endeavours to give away 120,000 plants per annum, and that is why we are coming to numerous suburbs with free plants for Ipswich community members.”
Mobile nurseries will take place at the following dates and locations from 8am to 11am:
- Saturday 26 February: Goupong Park – 2A Collingwood Drive, Collingwood Park
- Saturday 5 March: Redbank Plains Recreational Reserve – Cedar Road, Redbank Plains on
- Saturday 12 March: Camira Community Centre – 389 Old Logan Road, Camira
- Saturday 26 March: Johnstone Park – 61 John Street, Rosewood
- Saturday 2 April: Evan Marginson Park – Woogaroo Street, Goodna (near playground/picnic area)
- Saturday 9 April: Grande Park – 40 Grande Avenue, Springfield Lakes
- Saturday 23 April: Raceview Shopping Centre – 64 Raceview Street, Raceview
- Saturday 7 May: George Palmer Park – Sealy Street, Silkstone
- Saturday 21 May: Karalee Shopping Centre Car Park – 39/52 Junction Road, Chuwar
- Saturday 28 May: Redbank Plains Recreational Reserve – Cedar Road, Redbank Plains
To collect free plants, residents must bring along a current rates notice or a copy of their landlord’s rates notice if renting, Department of Public Works and Housing rental statements, defence housing authorised brochure, or driver’s licence or senior’s card with current residential address as proof of address.
Plant species are chosen to suit local climate and soil conditions and are proudly propagated and grown in council’s production nursery.