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Growing a Gazania Free Goolwa

How you can help and get involved

Alexandrina Council and local environmental groups have a vision to rid Goolwa of an invasive South African weed, commonly spotted in gardens across the region, which is infiltrating coastal dunes, agricultural systems and roadside verges.

Gazania is a low-growing perennial plant and has been used as a popular groundcover in both commercial and domestic gardens for many years. As a declared plant under the Natural Resources Management Act (2004), its sale or transport is prohibited throughout the state.

Alexandrina Council, Goolwa to Wellington Local Action Planning Association, Goolwa Coastcare and the Alexandrina Community Nursery are working together to protect local dune systems and native bushland from Gazania invasion, establishing a plan to encourage and assist urban residents to identify and eliminate the plant from their gardens and roadside verges.

The plan involves numerous community talks, competitions, information and incentives to rid our region of the Gazania, strengthen biodiversity, and encourage the establishment of local indigenous plants.

The Alexandrina Community Nursery on Kessell Road, Goolwa, are conducting a ‘Gazania Plant Swap,’ where residents can exchange Gazanias removed from gardens for a pack of indigenous plants and a wheelie bin sticker stating ‘My Garden is Gazania Free.’ This offer is available during the nursery’s opening hours, while stocks last.

The Gazania Free Goolwa campaign will be officially launched at Goolwa Beach on 22 April with a family friendly, community event, the ‘Great Gazania Grab.’ Participants will work together to remove a dense patch of Gazania bordering a dune reserve so the area is ready to be replanted, while enjoying competitions, games and catering.

Gardeners in Goolwa are also encouraged to take ‘before and after’ photos of garden makeovers for the chance to win packs of plants from the Alexandrina Community Nursery as part of the ‘Gazania Free Garden Competition.’

Finally, don’t forget to visit www.alexandrina.sa.gov.au/gazania for a link to the Gazania Free Goolwa Facebook page, updates about the campaign, competition key dates and useful tips and ideas for replacing Gazania in your garden.

The Gazania Free Goolwa Campaign is an initiative from Alexandrina Council’s Environmental Action Plan, embracing the ‘Thrive in Clean, Green Futures” strategic objective.