I am delighted to find that there are developers who don’t want to knock down all the native plants. I had a look at the Birdwood Sanctuary Estate at Gowrie Junction, west of Toowoomba, last weekend. The development has not only saved as much of the local dry rainforest as possible, so buyers of the 1-acre blocks can have some on their properties, but has set aside a large area of it as a reserve, so that most of the properties will have it coming right up to their back boundaries.
The rainforest is of the local type known as “semi-evergreen vine thicket”, and contains an impressive variety of the small trees typical of this type of “scrub” - trees which are deep-rooted, tend not to interfere with paths and housing foundations, and are the best possible kind of plant for a “waterwise” garden.
The ideal garden for this area would use the same species to extend the theme around the new house.
The estate is in Baxter Road, about 5 or 6 k from Gowrie Junction. To find it , you head west from the Gowrie Junction roundabout, turn right into Gowrie-Lilydale Road, take the first turn left into the road to Kingsthorpe and Glencoe, and the turn left again, into Baxter Road.