As part of the national response to the 2019-20 bushfires, Greening Australia has received $5m in initial funding from the Federal Government for a strategic program to build and secure native seed and plant supply for landscape restoration, recovery and resilience in bushfire-affected areas and other vulnerable landscapes.
Native seed represents growth, potential and hope, which is why Project Phoenix has an emphasis on practical action. We must ensure future bushfire recovery can be undertaken with the confidence of having a strong seed and native plant supply sector to support it.
The project includes the planning and mobilisation of key activities in the native seed and plant sector, as well as the development of a self-sustaining sector supporting Indigenous groups, regional communities and landholders.
Investment into the structure and function of the native seed industry has been a key issue for at least two decades. The recent national bushfire crisis has highlighted that if we are to ensure viable conservation and future efforts to undertake large scale and continued bushfire restoration, as well as the need to address future landscape resilience, the native seed and plant supply sector is not currently in a position to respond at the scale required.
Over its 16-month life-cycle, Project Phoenix aims to address some of the immediate native seed priorities following the fires, such as collecting from identified threatened species and undertaking critical steps in the capacity building and mobilisation of the sector. This includes:
The government-funded national native seed strategy will be overseen by an independent steering group and regular reporting will occur throughout the year on progress and plans.
Council Heads Australian Botanic Gardens
Australian Seedbank Partnership
Australian Network Plant Conservation
Australian Tree Seed Centre
Indigenous Land and Sea Corporation
Revegetation Industry Association of Western Australia
Nursery Industry Association
Australia Association Bush Regenerators, and Society Ecological Restoration Australia
Australian Land Conservation Alliance
For more information about this project, please feel free to send us an online query.
Samantha is Greening Australia’s seed specialist. She played an important role in the development of our Western Sydney Seed Production Area and represents Greening Australia in the Australian Seedbank Partnership. With a Bachelor of Science from Macquarie University, Samantha started working in seed in 2001 and has been a keen restoration ecologist for many years.