Case Studies

Case Studies

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Mackay Natural Environment Centre Best Management Practice Sprinkler Layouts

The Mackay Natural Environment Centre (MNEC), located in North Mackay, is one of the nurseries operated by the Mackay Regional Council. The nursery operates with one full-time nursery supervisor, two part-time nursery assistants, and 30 volunteers who attend two mornings per week.

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Managing Water Storages Water Quality Case Study

This video describes how using a biological water clarifier was used to improve water quality in a nursery water storage. The storage contained increasing levels of algae, plankton and surface floating weeds, leading to costly management and maintenance activities, crop production issues and an unpleasant odour. Ten weeks into the treatment, the water turbidity had significantly improved, algal blooms had disappeared, and the previous unpleasant odour was no longer evident.

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Fitzroy Nurseries Best Management Practice Growing Area Construction

Fitzroy Nurseries is a third generation nursery located at Pink Lilly on the Fitzroy River near Rockhampton. As markets and production methods have changed over the years, and with an increase in demand for product, the decision was made to increase the containerised growing area to meet the increasing demand.

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Ibrox Park Nursery Water savings from irrigation scheduling

Ibrox Park Nursery is located at Burbank in the eastern suburbs of Brisbane, and offers a wide range of plants and services to commercial landscape customers, produced from nearly 3 ha of growing area by a staff of 23 .

 

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Water Use Efficiency

Spring Creek Seedlings, a seedling production nursery supplying local vegetable growers, located on Queensland’s Granite Belt south-west of Brisbane has made significant productivity and water saving gains under the Rural Water Use Efficiency Initiative (RWUEI).

 

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Recycling Benefits

Benaraby Junction Nursery, located near Gladstone, is a production nursery supplying their own retail facility as well as landscaping projects in the region. Over a period of 21 years Colin Olsen and Judy Turner have implemented a number of water efficiency measures both prior to, and during the Rural Water Use Efficiency.

 

 

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Portable Weight Based Scheduling Tool

The Portable Weight Based Scheduling Tool (PWBST) has been developed under the South East Queensland Irrigation Futures (SEQ-IF) program by the National Centre for Engineering in Agriculture (NCEA) at the
University of Southern Queensland.

 

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Nursery Production

Tropical Exotics nursery is located at Ningi north of Brisbane and is owned by Gil & Teena Hebrard. The nursery produces a range of container plants designed for interior use, and are sold and marketed through retailers, wholesaler s and plant hire companies along the east coast of Australia.

 

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Model for Best Practice

Wallum Nursery is a wholesale Australian native plant nursery, specialising in tube stock for revegetation. Landscape contractors, wholesale nurseries, greening groups, counci ls and government
agencies provide the customer base for the quality tube stock that is dispatched along the eastern seaboard of Australia from Cairns to Sydney.

 

 

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Irrigation Upgrade

Carbrook Nursery is situated on 4.4 hectares of land at Fischer Road at Carbrook, south of Brisbane. The site currently has 4000 square metres of production area in the full sun and 420 square metres of shade
production area. 

 

 

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Irrigation Scheduling

Birdwood Nursery is located in the hinterland of the Sunshine Coast at Woombye just south of Nambour. The 24.67 hectare nursery site produces in excess of 200,000 fruit trees annually from 3 hectares of
intensive growing area. Trees of the highest quality are supplied to commercial growers and the retail industry throughout Queensland and interstate.

 

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Irrigation System Upgrade

Logans Nursery is an established tree and shrub nursery located on Brisbane’s Southside. The Capalaba West site containing 0.8ha of production area has been in operation for 15 years and the irrigation system has
grown along with the business expansion over that time.

 

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Ground Water Storage

Tingalpa Wholesale Nursery is situated on 25 acres at Sunnydene Road Capalaba West.  The site has three acres of stock plants and more than thirteen thousand square metres of indoor foliage plants growing
under protected structures.

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Bottom up Irrigation

In 1976 Don and Daphne established Heatons Wholesale Fern Nursery at Nambour on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast based around their very extensive private collection of ferns. In 1997 Don and Daphne relinquished control of the nursery to son Peter and his wife Maree who continued to develop and expand Heatons Nursery.