Gardens for Wildlife

The Gardens for Wildlife scheme (GFW) was launched in August 2008. Participation in this conservation scheme is voluntary and non-binding. The scheme aims to encourage and recognise people who wish to make their property friendly for local wildlife and the environment. The scheme has been developed as a sister program to the long-running Tasmanian Land for Wildlife scheme.

By joining GFW you clearly demonstrate your support and commitment to protecting wildlife species and habitat. You can contribute to bringing nature home by welcoming wildlife to share your garden and by providing a healthy environment for them to do so. Environment - friendly practices are very important too, as what you do in your garden can affect other places far beyond your garden boundaries.

Membership to GFW only costs $16.50 and is open to anyone who wishes to show their support for protecting wildlife species and habitat. No matter how small your garden - regardless of whether it is just plant containers, or a courtyard, roof top garden, deck or larger space - we can all contribute to the survival of wildlife and increase awareness of protecting our natural diversity.

As at December 2015, there were 544 GFW members, 2,791 hectares.


Benefits of membership to the GFW scheme include:
  • Contributing to the conservation of local plants and animals;
  • More time to enjoy your garden by reducing maintenance time and costs;
  • Reducing excess water through wise water use, such as mulching and use of local native plant species which are better able to tolerate drought;
  • Benefits from having native birds and insects in your garden through natural pest control (no need for chemicals), increased pollination and fruit/flower set leading to better production;
  • Increased environmental awareness; and
  • Access to the members only section of the Gardens for Wildlife website.
PLCP Gardens for Wildlife montage


Myrtle Rust Update

In February 2015 the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment commenced an eradication program to rid Tasmania of an incursion of the myrtle rust plant disease.  This rust fungus has spread from central and southern America to infect Myrtaceae in Australia (first detected in New South Wales in 2010) and recently Tasmania (first detected in 2015).  This rust is notable for its ability to infect and cause disease in a wide range of Australia's Myrtaceae, though the risk to individual species varies widely and is greatest in the tropics and subtropics of Australia.  Tasmania's climate is predicted to be marginal for myrtle rust and this has played out in only a single taxa, cultivars of the New Zealand Lophomyrtus genus showing signs of disease outside of the nursery environment.  These include the common garden plants Black StallionTM, Red DragonTM and Rainbows EndTM.

Ongoing vigilance for symptoms of myrtle rust will help with the control of this disease.  Particularly if you have Lophomyrtus cultivars in your garden, regularly checking these and other Myrtaceae for yellow rust spores on the last 4 or 5 cm of soft new growth will be of assistance.  If symptoms are observed please do not touch or disturb the plants and contact the myrtle rust hotline on: 6165 3785.  Yellow rust fungi can also be found on other plant families but these are not myrtle rust.  If in doubt it is good to check.  For more information and updated alerts for myrtle rust go to the DPIPWE Biosecurity website

 - Tim Rudman, DPIPWE Biosecurity Monitoring Section


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Lophomyrtus plant (variety 'Black Stallion') with typical Myrtle rust symptoms of yellow pustules

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Spraying plants with a bonding agent to hold the spores prior to removing plant











To learn more about myrtle rust, what to look for and what to do, read the full article in the June 2016 edition of The Running Postman newsletter:

  The Running Postman June 2016   (947Kb)   


Additional information

If you would like more information about becoming a member of GFW please visit the Gardens for Wildlife website or fill out an application form.

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Gardens for Wildlife Coordinator
Iona Mitchell
GPO Box 44
Hobart TAS 7001
Phone: 03 6165 4409