State Government and local Aboriginal Corporation team up to establish commercial native plant nursery

A lease agreement signed between the NSW Government and the Wiradjuri Condobolin Corporation (WCC) marks the historic first step towards the establishment of a native plant nursery for Condobolin.

The signing of the lease in Condobolin means members of the corporation can now use the NSW Department of Primary Industries' (DPI's) Condobolin Agriculture Research Station’s glasshouse and shadehouse facilities to help establish the native plant nursery.

The licensing of facilities at Condobolin’s agriculture research centre for a commercial nursery will provide benefits to the community and the environment through new jobs and longer term development of a sustainable biomass energy industry.

The facilities will act as a training centre for Wiradjuri Condobolin Corporation members as they learn about plant propagation, identification and planting techniques.

It will help them to develop the skills necessary to operate a commercial nursery, and will also enable easy interaction with the DPI staff based at the research station.

The local Lachlan Renewable Energy Alliance is currently considering the growth of oil mallee plantations in the region for biofuel and biomass production and is likely to provide future markets for products from the native plant nursery.

The WCC also has a relationship with a Sydney-based organic waste recycling company that produces compost products, Bettergrow, who will also be assisting in some of the practical establishment costs of the nursery.