Almost 17,000 free plants issued to new home owners

Released 10/07/2012

Chief Minister and Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Katy Gallagher, said today that a total of 16,963 plants were provided to 996 new landholders in the 2011/12 financial year under the ACT Government's Plant Issue Scheme.

"The Plant Issue Scheme, which entitles Canberrans who have purchased a new residential block of land in the ACT to $220 worth of plants from Yarralumla Nursery, has been very popular," the Chief Minister said.

"With the ACT's growing population spreading into new suburbs such as Bonner and Casey as well as the new Molonglo suburbs such as Wright, we want to encourage new landowners to maintain Canberra's scenic beauty and reputation as the 'Bush Capital'.

"The wet weather experienced during much of last financial year has presented perfect conditions for helping to establish new blocks. Residents are encouraged to take advantage of this initiative to beautify their new home and suburb," the Chief Minister concluded.

Yarralumla Nursery specialises in all plants suitable for Canberra's cold climate. This includes a wide range of hedging, screening, groundcovers and ornamental trees.

All the plants sold at Yarralumla Nursery are grown on site by the production side of the Nursery and allows Canberrans to access an extremely wide range of locally grown plants suitable for our climate. At present over 300,000 plants are produced each year with 800 species propagated including both exotic species and Australian natives.

Residents can collect their allocation of trees and shrubs at any time up to two years from the date of signing the land purchase agreement," the Chief Minister said.

This eligibility is transferable if the land is sold during this period. To collect your plant allocation you will need to provide personal identification and an original legal document confirming settlement or a current rates notice.

Yarralumla Nursery Garden Centre can be found at Banks Street, Yarralumla and is open seven days a week. For further information and opening hours please call the Garden Centre and Plant Issues on 6207 2444.

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