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The history of Florabank

Florabank was developed and delivered by Greening Australia in collaboration and partnership with a range of other organisations, in response to recognition that native seed availability was limiting the scope and biodiversity of restoration projects around Australia.
 

1998

    • Extensive consultation (20 structured, formal, recorded forums) with people in key regional extension roles in Bushcare, Greening Australia, Landcare and agencies and visits to 49 seedbanks around Australia (with operator interviews).
    • National survey of 325 people involved in seed in the commercial, government and community sectors. `Native Seed in Australia: a survey of collection, storage and distribution of native seed for revegetation and conservation purposes' and `Native Seed in Australia: summary findings and draft recommendations' published.
    • Florabank website launched in August 1998. This mechanism for national networking and information exchange between seedbanks, as well as the site of a national on-line directory of seedbanks and catalogue of their seed holdings generated more than 16,000 hits per month.
    • Draft 'Model Code of Practice for Community based collectors and suppliers of native seed' created.

  • 1999
    • Follow-up survey of 560 revegetation practitioners across Australia about their use, demand and supply of native seed and seedlings in revegetation. 'Demand and supply of native seed and seedlings in community revegetation - a survey' published.
    • Direct mail network of 1200 people established.
    • 'Model Code of Practice for Community based collectors and suppliers of native seed' published.
    • Florabank Guidelines developed and published:
      • Guideline 1: Native seed storage for revegetation
      • Guideline 2: Basic methods for drying, extraction and cleaning of native seed
      • Guideline 3: Improving on basic native seed storage
      • Guideline 4: Keeping records on native seed
      • Guideline 5: Seed collections from woody plants for local revegetation
      • Guideline 6: Native seed collection methods
      • Guideline 7: Seed production areas for woody native plants
      • Guideline 8: Basic germination and viability tests for native plant seed.
    • Fact sheets, technical articles and native seed bibliography published.
    • Participation in the development (by Greening Australia Victoria) and promotion of Seed Supply System software for seedbank operators.
    • Quarterly national Florabank newsletter was published and distributed.

  • 2000
    • Florabank Guidelines developed and published:
      • Guideline 9: Using native grass seed in revegetation
      • Guideline 10: Seed collection ranges for revegetation
    • Floradata initiative launched in collaboration with ACMER to document reliable protocols for native species used in revegetation. Electronic database prototype for native seed germination information created.

  • 2001
    • Floradata CD and Guide published.

  • 2002
    • 'Model Code of Practice for Community based collectors and suppliers of native seed' adopted at over 40 community seedbanks.
    • Florabank funding ends, but website continues to receive 3,000-4,000 hits per month!

  • 2003-2006
    • Florabank website continued to receive thousands of hits per month, despite discontinuation of Florabank funding. Greening Australia felt that the continuing interest in Florabank and its goals was a strong motivator to re-launch Florabank and make it better than ever!
  • 2006-2008

    • Florabank website re-launched in 2007 with much greater capacity
    • Florabank Professional Development Training for Seed Collectors was developed in partnership with CSIRO's Australian Tree Seed Centre and delivered at venues across Australia
    • Species Navigator, Site Descriptor Tool, Seed Collection Advisor interactive web-tools were developed in partnership with CSIRO and added to the Florabank website
    • The Native Vegetation Management Tool was developed by Greening Australia and added to the Florabank website
    • Floradata (originally released on CD) was made available on the Florabank website
    • Florabank 2006-2008 was an initiative of the Australian Government, funded by the Natural Heritage Trust and delivered by Greening Australia and CSIRO.

  • 2009
    • Florabank developed the Florabank Seed Supply Strategy - a tool and resource to assist NRM Regions, Local Government and other larger scale enterprises to strategically improve seed availability for their restoration targets
    • Florabank Training was further developed to cover Certificate II native seed units
    • Submissions were made to Agrifood Skills Australia on the development of a native seed skills set for the restoration industry so that accredited training will better meet industry needs and will provide a better skills pathway to employment in the native seed sector
    • Florabank is proudly delivered and funded by Greening Australia from July 2008
  • 2010
    • Florabank is a project partner in the "Communities in Landscapes" project in Box-Gum Grassy Woodlands in NSW. Florabank will be providing native seed training and seed supply strategy planning in the project target areas, and information resources on box-gum grassy woodland species which will also be available on the Florabank Species Navigator.  This project is supported by Landcare NSW Inc. through funding from the Australian Government's Caring for our Country.
    • Florabank delivered Florabank Training and Seed Supply Strategy planning services for interested organisations around Australia in 2010.  Please contact us for further information.
    • Florabank continues to work with our partners and collaborators towards improving the availability of seed for restoration through developing information resources and other services to the native seed community in Australia.
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