Gold Coast’s ‘FREE TREES’ program to return in the New Year

If all the recent rain wasn’t enough to ‘green up our city’, Council’s free trees initiative is returning for 2022.

Over the first six months of the new year, residents, schools and community groups can visit various locations to pick up a free tree.

There are slightly different allocations for the trees. Households are allowed three trees and have to show their rates notice, Body Corporates can take 10 trees and schools or community groups can take up to 50 trees.


Mayor Tom Tate says it’s all part of the plan to green up the city.

“People who only visit Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach, tourists might think we’re in line with a concrete jungle styles.

“But the truth is that 50 percent of our city is open space, just look at Mt Tamborine.

“We love our open space,” Mayor Tate said.

There’ll be a range of natives on offer including Australian Ferns, which Mayor Tom Tate’s a bit of a fan of.

“This fern, a bit prickly, I’ll let you know. It’s an Australian Fern, it’s very hearty and provides a bit of shade.

“And I say to you, it’s good to be intermixed with other ferns to give many more colours,” the Mayor said.

Locations such as the Botanic Gardens in Ashmore, Broadwater Parklands, various community centres and parks will be offering trees on select dates.

Locals can keep an eye on Council’s free tree page here for the exact dates beginning from January 6.

Otherwise, trees can be collected on every Wednesday of the year at the Coombabah Nursery provided residents have an approval letter.