Natural Environment Centre

The Mackay Natural Environment Centre in Swayne Street North Mackay is a council facility funded by the Natural Environment Levy.

The centre is a base from which members of the local community can learn about and take part in various environmental projects and initiatives which help to protect and restore the region's natural environment.  The centre also showcases new environmental technology that can be used by residents in their own homes.  Local native plants are propagated on site for use in local revegetation and community projects.  The native gardens feature local native species that have been propagated in the nursery.

The centre has recently undergone a major upgrade and redevelopment.  The site now has much improved nursery facilities including efficient irrigation systems, rain water tanks, solar power and undercover areas.

Council staff work with community volunteers, interest groups, members of the Australian Government's Green Army programme and school groups to produce local provenance native plants for the restoration of local habitats.  A range of local native plants are grown, including coastal and riparian species.


The centre is currently open on Tuesday mornings from 8.30 am to 12 noon and Thursdays from 8.30 am to 3 pm.  If you would like more information, or are interested in attending, please contact council's Natural Environment Team.

Volunteer tasks vary and include:

  • Seed collection and sorting
  • Propagation of local native plants
  • Nursery maintenance tasks
  • Weed control
  • Field trips to key sites to learn about and get involved in land management activities such as revegetation

Local native plants

Local native plants are propagated at the nursery for use in local restoration projects.

The nursery does not currently sell or giveaway plants to the public.

Plants may be donated to schools and not-for-profit community groups for local environmental projects.  Please contact council's Natural Environment Team if you would like to discuss a potential project.