Local Action

Whether motivated by interests in environmental protection, biodiversity conservation, habitat preservation or plant cultivation, our shared purpose is to help Australia's native flora flourish.

How do we make a positive impact?

The good work begins in our own backyards—in private gardens, streetscapes, public parks and neighbourhood spaces. We can

  • learn about local species, including how to identify natives and invasive weeds
  • select more natives for our gardens
  • attend a local park or waterway working bee. 

Rise to the challenge (with support)

When we see something happening in our area that threatens local native flora (or perhaps offers opportunities for more planting!), it can be easy to assume someone else will step up and 'do something'. We might think that we don't have the knowledge / time / connections to make a difference.

But we can make a difference by seeking the support of our community and organisations like Native Plants Queensland.

Is there an issue impacting your local native flora? Get in touch with our Conservation Officer (or anyone on our Council) for helpful information and contacts.

Advocate for native plants

  • Get information on the issue from as many sources as possible, including local experts, the Queensland Herbarium, National Parks and Wildlife Service and Native Plant Societies.
  • Write to newspapers and online media outlets.
  • Write to and phone relevant politicians—local, state and/or federal.
  • Be seen and heard—via online posts and on TV and radio.
  • Contact journalists who might have an interest in environmental issues.
  • Gather relevant material and make it available online or in a local public display.
  • Attend a community forum.
  • Talk to local school groups.

Take action

  • Develop a relationship with a local Land Care or Catchment group.
  • Implement a propagation project to grow locally threatened or significant plant species for an appropriate revegetation site, or for a group who can use them for a similar program.
  • Organise a meeting with relevant landowners to discuss issues—make sure you consult with the local council, Land Care group or similar community group and keep the meeting non-confrontational with the intention of simply alerting them to the threatened plants or specific issue.
  • Contribute a regular article in the local newspaper about the interesting and/or significant local native plants.
  • Get to know your local councillors and state members and keep them informed.
  • Connect with online groups (such as via Facebook) to co-ordinate knowledge, resources and activities.
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