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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 complement this online resource a companion booklet has also been produced, My Local Native Garden Booklet (6.06mB PDF) : A planting guide to promote biodiversity in Tweed Shire.

The NSPG contains more than 1,550 species and provides a range of information about each species including:

  • An image of the plant.
  • 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;
    • conservation status and potential availability through nurseries.
  • Identification of species by stratum (canopy, emergent, understorey, etc.) and their likely prevalence within specific mapped vegetation communities.

The original data was compiled in a spreadsheet format 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. It will remain available for download from this page.

The NSPG 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 Project Officer - Biodiversity, Michael Corke, on (02) 6670 2400 or

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 or by downloading the following fact sheet:

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.

Tweed Shire Council Nursery

Notice to advise that Tweed Shire Council's Nursery discontinued the sale of plants to the public as of 1 July 2017.

The role of the Tweed Shire Council nursery is to source and supply all plants used throughout the Tweed's many parks, gardens and reserves as well as street scaping and revegetation projects.

With sustainability as the main focus, nursery staff propagates a variety of native species from locally collected seed contributing to the majority of native species planted each year within the Tweed.

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