Douglas Shire Council supports all landcare groups, community groups, schools and individual landowners that are engaging in genuine revegetation projects.
In terms of Council responsibilities, our Open Spaces crew maintains one native plant nursery on Alchera Drive, Mossman, that supplies local tree planting groups as well as Council tree planting and revegetation/restoration activities such as, Reef Rescue projects, River Improvement Trust projects and Tropical Tree Day.
Council does not retail to the general public but all residents are entitled to two native plants from the nursery each year to encourage healthy tropical gardens. You can pick up your native plants from the nursery during 9am-3pm weekdays.
If the gate is locked our nursery team is probably out in the community planting somewhere and you will need to come back another time.
The pest plants and animals that are present in the Douglas Shire Council area are seen to be more or less of a threat depending on the primary values for which a landholder is managing the land.Read More
Responsible Tree Management
The Douglas Shire Council area is renowned for its stunning natural beauty, cultural landscapes and tropical streetscapes. Aside from its World Heritage protected landscapes, the area supports a rich diversity and maturity of trees. Council strives to protect trees. The removal of a tree is the last resort when alleviating tree-related problems. All other options are assessed and used in preference to removal.Responsible tree management fact sheet
Grow me instead
As part of the program, a Grow Me Instead booklet has been developed for each state/territory which contains a list of plants that were formerly grown and sold to gardeners and have since jumped the garden fence’ and become invasive in the natural environment.
A property can be considered overgrown if the vegetation can afford shelter or attraction for vermin or is generally unsightly.
When Council receives a complaint about overgrown vacant land or neglected dwellings, a Local Laws Compliance Officer will inspect the property and if necessary, make arrangements for the property to be cleared.
Council must give due notice to the land’s owner to remedy the breach. If no action has been taken before this time elapses, Council will issue an Enter and Clear Notice to its subcontractors to appropriately treat the overgrown property. These costs are added to the owner’s rates notice for payment.