Australian brush-turkey: unwelcome guest or ecosystem engineer?

Many east coast city dwellers may wonder whether the Australian brush-turkey is an unwelcome guest or an ecosystem engineer. But the very thing that annoys people may be an ecological blessing. Read on… Introduction If you asked a suburban resident of many parts of Sydney, Brisbane, Newcastle, the Gold Coast, Byron Bay or any other … Continued

Celebrating Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens

After 20 years, a small group are celebrating the establishment of the Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens. SGAP (Australian Native Plants Society) Mackay has a vision! A dedicated local community group – SGAP Mackay – has been heavily involved with the development of these botanic gardens. SGAP Mackay are members of Native Plants Queensland. Without their … Continued

Centennial Parklands – an oasis in the heart of Sydney

Centennial Parklands is an oasis in the heart of Sydney. Located in the eastern suburbs, it acts as the ‘lungs’ of Sydney. Standing on Gadigal land, it was originally a swamp. Early colonialists set aside the land for a water source and then as a public park. It opened in 1888. Centennial Park is known … Continued

Native gardens for courtyards and small spaces

Smaller houses – smaller gardens In the inner-suburban areas of most Australian cities, higher density housing is replacing the original single houses on large lots.  This has imposed significant impacts on the design of the new landscape and gardens in these areas. Most fundamental of these is a huge change in scale. Native gardens for … Continued

Naturalising Melbourne’s waterways

The ‘Reimagine Your Creek’ project focuses on naturalising Melbourne’s waterways. Naturalisation is a growing initiative in contemporary urban planning. It has the potential to deliver better outcomes to our waterways than just drainage alone. As opposed to restoration, naturalisation is a pragmatic approach to return natural systems and experiences to our landscapes, within the constraints … Continued