Fraser Coast Community Nursery

Where is it?

The Fraser Coast Community Nursery is located at the Northern end of Hervey Bay Botanic Gardens, behind the Community Centre on Elizabeth Street, Urangan, and open to volunteers on the following days;

  • Tuesday - Wednesday 9am to 12pm
  • Thursday - 8am to 12pm

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ACCESS to Nursery - The Community Centre car park is currently closed due to construction. PARKING is available in Elizabeth Street. Follow the paths through the Botanic Gardens main gate near the Chinese Garden or the pathway between the Community Centre and the Stillwater units to reach the nursery.  

The nursery propagates and supply local native plants for;

  • Revegetation projects on Council land;
  • Community Environment Program groups;
  • Registered land for wildlife properties; and
  • Non-profit community groups for conversation and environmental education projects.

Plant Donation Program

Eligible groups and individuals are invited to apply for a donation of plants for their environmental project. Please refer to the application form and guidelines below.

Guidelines Application form 

Whether you enjoy pottering about in the garden, sharing knowledge and stories, meeting interesting individuals from all different walks of life, or simply love the tranquillity that comes from being in a beautiful environment, all are welcome at the Fraser Coast Community Nursery.

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Available for sale at Council's Customer Service Centres and on plant sale days. 

Plant sales - Three sales per year

A sale of excess plant stock is held at the nursery and is open to the public, three times per year.

Next sale: Thursday 2 September 2021 (9:00 – 11:00am). Species availability varies.


​​​​​​ACCESS to Nursery - The Community Centre car park is currently closed due to construction. PARKING is available in Elizabeth Street.

EFTPOS facilities are now available with plants starting from $2. 

We are plastic-bag free, so BYO bag or box is appreciated (although we do have some available).

Donations of boxes are welcomed, and as we clean and reuse our pots, so these can be returned to the nursery, if convenient.

History

The Fraser Coast Community Nursery was initially set up when former Hervey Bay City Council began its Community Environment Program (CEP) in early 2006. The Nursery was established to supply native plants for CEP and other Council revegetation projects at the time, including “Land for Wildlife”.

Experienced nursery manager and plant enthusiast, John Eggleston trained and supervised a small group of volunteers in the many aspects of plant propagation and care. He remained as volunteer Nursery Team Leader until 2011. His dedication and major contribution cannot be understated, and the group would not have been able to establish itself and progress without him.

The first plants to be propagated were Vitex trifolia (Coastal vitex), Casuarina equisetifolia (Horsetail she-oak) and Hibiscus tiliaceus (Cottonwood) for use along the foreshore.

The Nursery now propagates of over 300 different local plant species which are used by Council and community groups for revegetation and park projects throughout the Fraser Coast region.

Volunteers

Volunteers are extremely important in the nursery, helping with propagation and maintenance of the plants. There are regular opportunities to learn new skills, from caring for a garden, to identifying native fauna - birds, butterflies, and garden insects - to learning about bush tucker and medicines, all in a friendly and welcoming environment.

If you would like to volunteer please complete a volunteer application form (PDF) and submit to Council via email enquiry@frasercoast.qld.gov.au or post to Fraser Coast Regional Council, PO Box 1943, Hervey QLD, 4655.

Contact us

For more information please contact us on 1300 79 49 29 or enquiry@frasercoast.qld.gov.au