Gbis

Goulburn Broken Indigenous Seedbank

About Us

The Goulburn Broken Indigenous Seedbank (GBIS) is a non-commercial, not-for-profit Seedbank that is part of Euroa Arboretum (a not-for-profit, charitable incorporation).

The GBIS mission is to provide genetically healthy seed to support landscape restoration activities. We strive for improving landscape health and resilience of biodiversity, especially in the face of climate change.


The Goulburn Broken Indigenous Seedbank:

  • Provides quality, diverse and genetically healthy seed.
  • Operates to best practice techniques by following the Flora Bank Guidelines.
  • Seed is ethically sourced from wild populations and Seed Production Areas.
  • Tests seed to ensure viability.
  • Supplies seed specific to your project.
  • Supplies a diverse range of indigenous species for the catchment.
  • Operates with direction from Goulburn Broken Catchment Seedbank Steering Committee.

The use of local indigenous seed ensures:

  • The genetic integrity of the local vegetation.
  • Plants are adapted to the local conditions.
  • Habitat for local fauna is suitable.

History

The GBIS was launched on October 30th 2001 in response to an increasing demand for local indigenous seed. It was recognised that a ready source of local seed had to be made available for the community of the GB catchment to effectively revegetate thousands of hectares and to meet targets for salinity mitigation, water quality improvement and habitat restoration.

The Seedbank was originally located at the University of Melbourne, Dookie College and in 2020 relocated to the township of Euroa.

Seed Collection

All seed is collected under permit in accordance with the Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act (1988).

Seed is collected from both stands of remnant vegetation and Seed Production Areas throughout the catchment. Once collected, seed is cleaned, batched and stored ready for use.

Seed Production Areas are created using collections of healthy seed from multiple remnant populations. These collections are planted together to create reliable quantities of high quality, genetically diverse indigenous seed for revegetation.


Ethical Advantages of Seed Production

  • Reduces seed collection pressures on remnant vegetation.
  • Improves the genetic diversity of seed.
  • Improves the diversity of seed available for revegetation.
  • Introduces the use of vulnerable, rare or threatened species into revegetation.
  • Provides quality control with regard to the origin of seed.

Placing Orders

  • Seed is available via our online catalogue. Click here to view the catalogue.
  • Prices include GST.
  • No grass lot is guaranteed to be pure.
  • All seed is sent ‘express post’ via Australia Post. The tracking number will be supplied to you once dispatched. Ownership and responsibility passes to the customer once seed is dispatched.
  • Orders must be received by midday Thursday to be dispatched at the latest the following Monday.
  • To discuss your order further please contact the Seedbank on 0428 770 030 or email seedbank@euroaarboretum.com.au. Please note the Seedbank only operates on Mondays and Thursdays.
  • Two seed catalogues are available:

Nursery Catalogue

  • Select individual species, provenance and quantity.
  • All seed lots are packaged separately.
  • Prices listed on catalogue page.
  • No treatments are applied to nursery seed.
  • Minimum of 10g per species/seed lot.

Direct Seeding Catalogue

  • Seed mixes are based on the revegetation project location (provenance) and the species found in that area. Ecological Vegetation Classes (EVC) assist with species selection.
  • Seed mixes are pre-treated prior to being dispatched. Seed treatments are designed to break natural dormancy and improve germination rates. Opting out of seed treatments does not change the price of the seed.
  • Generally seed is provided as a bulk mix.
  • Direct seeding price $750/kg.

Payment

  • Express postage charges are applicable and dependent on weight. Orders above 5kg will be invoiced a higher postage fee.
  • All orders are subject to a minimum $25 handling fee.  For seed orders greater than 5 items, a $5 handling fee per item will be charged.
  • Credit card facilities are not available.
  • Invoice to be emailed to you and payment to be made within 21 days.
  • Once payment is received your seed order will be dispatched.

Acknowledging our Traditional Owners

The GBIS acknowledge the Traditional Owners of this land, those of the Taungurung and Yorta Yorta People. We pay our respects to their rich cultures and to Elders past, present and emerging.