Free Native Plants Program

""Brisbane City Council offers the Free Native Plants Program to residents, schools, clubs, body corporates and registered community groups to plant within their grounds.

Who is eligible

The program does not provide free native plants for small or large scale events, fetes, promotional programs, prizes, fundraising activities, commercial businesses or government departments. Plants are to be planted on private property and are not designed for planting on Council land or used for waterway revegetation.

Residential properties

Brisbane ratepayers, Housing Commission and Defence Housing residents are entitled to claim two free native plants, once per financial year (July to June).

NOTE: Only current paid financial year rates notices will be accepted in exchange for a voucher.  Any rates notices presented from previous years will not be honoured.  

If you rent or lease a property, your body corporate or the property owner must make the application.

Owners of unit properties must make an application through their body corporate.

How to apply for residents

To claim your free native plants you will need to get your Free Native Plants voucher:

  1. Visit Council or go to a Council library or ward office and present your paid rates notice from this current financial year or for Housing Commission and Defence Housing residents provide evidence of a recent rental payment. 
  2. You will be provided with an approved stamped Free Native Plants voucher.
  3. Visit a participating nursery and exchange your voucher for two free native plants.

If you're claiming vouchers on behalf of another ratepayer such as a relative or neighbour, you will need to obtain their written permission.

View the plant list for residents.

Schools, community groups, clubs, body corporates and official citizenship ceremonies

Free native plants are available for:

  • schools, registered community groups and charitable organisations - up to 50 free plants
  • body corporates via a single bulk order - two free plants per unit
  • clubs on Council leased land - up to 20 free plants
  • schools celebrating ​Arbor Day - plants are available in the months prior to Arbor Day (October)
  • official citizenship ceremonies - Council ward offices and registered community groups - 1 plant for each new citizen.

How to apply for schools, community groups, clubs, body corporates and official citizenship ceremonies

Schools, community groups, clubs on Council lease land, charities and body corporates can apply online.

Schools and community groups need to describe the extent and purpose of their planting project in the application. Applicants will be contacted by email once their request has been approved. 

View the plant list for schools, community groups, clubs and body corporates.

Targeted suburbs for free native plants

New home owners in newly developed areas in the following Brisbane suburbs will receive a letter when they order their initial recycling bin, advising them they can collect four free native plants. This is to help new residents get their new garden started. The letter is valid for 12 months from the date of issue. The table shows which suburbs have been targeted:

North South East West

Bracken Ridge

Bridgeman Downs

Everton Park

Fitzgibbon

Hendra

McDowall

Mitchelton

Nudgee

Algester

Calamvale

Doolandella

Drewvale

Durack

Ellen Grove

Kuraby

Parkinson

Riverhills

Robertson

Rochedale

Runcorn

Sinnamon Park

Stretton

Sumner

Sunnybank Hills

Bulimba

Burbank

Chandler

Carindale

Eight Mile Plains

Mackenzie

Manly West

Ransom

Tingalpa

Wakerley

Wynnum

Wynnum West

Anstead

Bellbowrie

Fig Tree Pocket

Karana Downs

Moggill

Mt Crosby

Pinjarra Hills

Pullenvale

Upper Kedron

Types of plants

For the full list of free native plants and where to collect them, check the list of participating nurseries.

Council can also plant trees on your local street as part of the street trees program.

14 July 2016
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