Gazania Free Goolwa

In March 2018, the “Gazania Free Goolwa” campaign was launched to encourage residents within the township of Goolwa to remove gazanias from their gardens and roadside verges.

Although the campaign events have now finished, Council remains committed to encouraging our community to control gazanias and other declared weeds in their gardens and on their roadside verges.

To catch up on the highlights of the campaign, have a look at the Gazania Free Goolwa Facebook page.


What is a gazania?

Gazanias are a common garden plant, introduced to Australia from South Africa. Gazanias are an invasive environmental weed, and present a significant threat to the health of natural ecosystems.


Why remove gazanias?

Established plants reproduce by seed, which can disperse 1km or more from the source, and through Rhizomes, producing a dense carpeting groundcover. In coastal environments, there is a potential for gazanias to form a continuous groundcover, which chokes out native vegetation. Because of the damage that gazanias do to our natural environment, they are declared as noxious weeds under the Natural Resources Management Act 2004, and therefore must not be sold or purchased anywhere in the district, and must be controlled in parts of the coastal strip.

Council staff and volunteers are engaged in the removal of gazanias from reserves in Goolwa, particularly in the dune system along the coastal strip. The work is vital to preserve the biodiversity of bushland areas, but can only be successful if new plants do not re-establish where older plants have been removed. We are appealing for the help of local residents by asking them to remove plants from private gardens and road verges, so that they do not contribute to the re-establishment of gazanias in bushland reserves.

Campaign Highlights

Congratulations and thank you for the support of the Gazania Free Goolwa campaign, which ran through the first half of 2018. It was pleasing to see so many households taking up the challenge to remove gazanias from their gardens and roadside verges. The gazania swap was very successful, and was directly responsible for the disposal of tonnes of waste gazanias. Through the plant swap program, more than 140 households were given a pack of local native plants, helping to boost the biodiversity in our urban areas. The great Gazania grab and broad media coverage increased awareness in our community about the risk that gazanias pose.

Alexandrina Council and our project partners promoted the campaign in as many ways as we could, but it is really the community that continues to make all the difference. The preliminary results of a survey of Gazania plant swap shows that nearly a third of those who came to Alexandrina Community Nursery with Gazanias said that they had been encouraged by a friend or a neighbour. That means only one thing: we continue to need your support to spread the word further. Let your neighbours know that the gazanias in their gardens are producing seeds that could return the weeds to your garden, and display the “My Garden is Gazania Free” sticker proudly on your green bin or letterbox.

About our campaign partners

Gazania-free Goolwa was a collaborative project between Alexandrina Council, the Goolwa to Wellington Local Action Planning Association, Goolwa Coastcare and Alexandrina Community Nursery.

The campaign was an initiative from Alexandrina’s Environmental Action Plan, and is in direct response to Alexandrina council’s “Thrive in Clean Green Futures” strategic objective.

Benefits of backyards for biodiversity

As urban areas have expanded, natural bushland has been fragmented and largely confined to small conservation reserves. This is true of Goolwa, where council and the local community are working hard to preserve the last remaining areas of native vegetation in its urban biodiversity reserves (such as the Goolwa sand dune system). However, there is no reason why backyards can’t be rich in native plant and animal communities. 

You can help improve your local environment by choosing to plant indigenous plants in your garden. Backyards for biodiversity help to conserve native plant and animal species and create links between isolated bushland reserves. They also add colour and life to your backyard by attracting native wildlife such as birds. On top of that, it makes practical sense to choose indigenous plant species because they are adapted to the conditions, and therefore require less maintenance, less water, less fertiliser, less pesticide – basically less fuss! There are lots of resources available to show you how others have gone about creating a backyard for biodiversity.

Where can I buy local native plants?

Alexandrina Community Nursery (Friday 9am - 5pm)

Hindmarsh Island (Tuesday 8:30am - 4pm)

Clayton (Monday and Tuesday 9am – 4:30pm)

Milang (Monday and Tuesday 9am – 4:30pm)

Where can I find more information about enhancing backyard biodiversity?

Information on controlling weeds including gazanias from Natural resources Adelaide and Mt Lofty Ranges

An app designed to help identify and control weeds, including gazanias from the SA department of Primary Industries and Regions

Tips on improving backyard biodiversity from Natural Resources Adelaide and Mt Lofty Ranges

Coastal planting guide from Natural Resources Adelaide and Mt Lofty Ranges


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Community cooperation at the Gazania Free Goolwa plant swap.