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Native Species Planting Guide

The Native Species Planting Guide (NSPG) is an online interactive resource produced to assist home owners, land holders and professionals to prepare locally occurring native species planting lists for projects ranging from landscape-scale restoration to back garden planting.

The NSPG was updated in 2018 with funding from the NSW government Environmental Trust Education Program by Tweed and Byron Shires to overcome the difficulties of interrogating the earlier spreadsheet format.

To compliment this online resource a companion booklet has also been produced, My Local Native Garden: A planting guide to promote biodiversity in Tweed Shire.

The original guide was developed in 2015 by Wildsite Ecological Services, Rivendell Botanical Services and Lucinda Cox Graphic Design with input from local botanists, Council staff, local nursery operators, and others for the NSW Environmental Trust funded Tweed Byron Bush Futures Project.

The guide contains more than 1,550 species and provides a range of information including identification of species by stratum (canopy, emergent, understorey, etc.) within specific mapped vegetation communities, consideration of site constraints and conditions, and the likely prevalence of each species.

A range of physical and ecological attributes are assigned to each species including:

· height; growth rate; flower colour;

· tolerance to environmental factors including cold, wind, water inundation and salt;

· ecological relationships such as feed source, bird and butterfly attraction or susceptibility to Myrtle Rust;

· occurrence by soil type and landscape position; and

· conservation status and potential availability through nurseries.

The My Local Native Garden booklet and the original spreadsheet data and supporting documents are available for download in the box at the top RHS of this page.

The link to the NSPG is:

http://www.tweed.nsw.gov.au/Controls/NativeSpeciesPlanting/Landing.aspx


The Guide will remain a 'work in progress' and feedback from users is encouraged; any perceived errors or omissions or any problems encountered with its use can be conveyed to Council's Bushland Officer John Turnbull on 02 6670 2400 or jturnbull@tweed.nsw.gov.au.


Myrtle Rust

While myrtle rust remains a notifiable pest under the Plant Diseases Act only new host plant species and detections in previously uninfected areas of NSW need to be referred to the Department of Primary Industries.
All of Tweed Shire is known to be affected so only new plant species infections need to be reported. Council's Bushland Officer can provide feedback in regard to the species known to be affected.

Further information is available at:
http://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/biosecurity/plant/myrtle-rust/current-situation

or by downloading the following fact sheet:
http://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0003/370074/Myrtle-Rust-in-my-backyard.pdf

How can we stop the spread of Myrtle Rust

Myrtle Rust is a notifiable pest under the Plant Disease Act (1924), anyone identifying the disease should:
  • Report any suspected detection to the Exotic Plant Pest Hotline 1800 084 881 within 24 hours.
  • Never move suspected contaminated or infested material unless directed by an officer of the NSW Government.
  • Always practice good hygiene when working with native plants and general nursery stock. Clean equipment like containers and secateurs after use.
Last Updated: 22 May 2018