Island Bush Care
carbon neutral

Local trees for global change

The Island Bush Care program provides an opportunity for you to have direct impact in revegetating Phillip Island. In partnership with Phillip Island Landcare Group and Totally Renewable Phillip Island, indigenous trees will be purchased and planted on selected land. As an Island Bush Carer, the contribution you make goes towards purchase of trees and reduces your impact on the environment.

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Program Information

In partnership with Totally Renewable Phillip Island (TRPI), we are offering the opportunity to balance your carbon emissions by increasing biodiversity through the planting of native vegetation on Phillip Island.

For every 1 tonne of carbon emissions you produce we will offset this by growing 7 plants. 

 

This figure is based on 7 indigenous plants with the growing capacity for up to 25 years. Plants includes native vegetation from ground cover to trees.  Trees may live longer than smaller plants, however all plants will naturally regenerate themselves during this period.

The indigenous plants will be tube stock from The Barb Martin Bushbank, Koala Conservation Reserve where seeds are collected locally by Phillip Island Nature Park and their volunteers.

Once you’ve calculated your yearly carbon emissions we will know how many plants need to be grown and your annual investment.

For example, if your yearly carbon emissions were 14 tonnes we would multiply that figure by 7 (plants) and then $3 (the cost of a plant, tree guard and two stakes). 

 

This is shown in the example below:

Tonnes of carbon / year: 14

Plants per tonne            : 7

Cost per plant & guards :$3

 

14 X 7 = 98 plants, 98 X $3 = $294. Total investment to balance out your carbon emissions

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Island Bush Carer Deb with plants, guards and hamilton tree planter all ready for her upcoming planting day.

Deb's story

Our first Carbon Neutral Island Bush Carer is Deb Leonard from Leonard & Associates. Deb chose to offset her business. She did an online audit using a common carbon calculator. The results found her office was contributing 7 tonne of carbon emissions to the atmosphere per year. Deb felt she could double that commitment in the first year.  Her 98 tubestock were planted in the wetland area of the Gap Rd Council site on the 2nd of July 2022. 

Calculate your carbon emissions

To calculate your yearly carbon emissions, you can a) calculate your own amount or b) use one of TRPI’s packages.

a) Calculate your own carbon emissions:  

There are many carbon calculators available. They will guide you through your lifestyle costs such as electricity used, car use, purchasing habits, travel etc. One we have used regularly can be found here

If you want a more accurate calculation you can pay for the service. There are many options available including Rhys Freeman energy audits for $200.  Phone: 0409 536 995 or email: rhysfr1@gmail.com

b) TRPI’s carbon emission offset packages:

 

TRPI have designed a number of offset packages that may align to your lifestyle.  The packages are based on average use and are a convenient way of participating in the program. Note, businesses are too varied to create an average package therefore it is better to use the carbon emissions calculators.

Quiet Lifestyle Pack:  $210

Item                              CO2 Tonnes

One Small House                          6

One Car                                        4

Total CO2 Tonnes:                       10

Number of Plants:                        70

Easy Lifestyle Pack:  $462

Item                                CO2 Tonnes

One House                                      8

Two Cars                                         8

Regular dinner & drinks                   2

One O/S holiday                              4

Total CO2 Tonnes:                          22  Number of plants:                          154

Active Lifestyle Pack:  $672

Item                                  CO2 Tonnes

One House:                                      8

Two Cars                                          8

Several movies/shows                      4

Several dinners in Melbourne           4

Two O/S trip                                      8

Total CO2 Tonnes:                           32

Number of plants:                          224

Sharing the good news

Your contribution will be recognised by Phillip Island Landcare Group and the wider community through a number of initiatives:

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To get involved complete the form below:

We have two seperate forms. One is for packages, the other is for calculating your own emissions. Please choose the appropriate form. Payment will be part of the signup process. You will receive confirmation payment and letter.

Common questions are answered in our Q & A section at the end of the page. Should you have any further queries please contact Bhavani Rooks on 0457 148 921.

Island Bush Care Form - packages
Fill out this form if choosing our packages; fill out the next form if calculating your own emissions.
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Island Bush Care Form - calculating your emissions
Fill out this form if calculating your own carbon emissions
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How to calculate your contribution:

Your CO2 tonnes per year x 7 (plants per tonne) x $3 (price per plant, guard, stake)

Example:

Tonnes of carbon / year: 14

Plants per tonne            : 7

Cost per plant & guards :$3

14 x 7 x $3 = $294 (this is an example contribution)

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Q&A

1- Who can become an Island Bush Carer?

 

Any individual, community group, or business from Phillip Island or San Remo.

2- Where will my trees be planted?

We have many rural landholder members who are keen to revegetate and create wildlife corridors on their property.  We also plant on public land however we need permission first from the landholder/manager.

3- Can I claim a tax deduction?

We can supply a tax invoice with GST.  

4 - When will my trees be planted?

To give plants the best opportunity of survival we plant from May through to August, avoiding the need to water and allowing them to become established during the winter months.

 

5- When can I sign up?

You can sign up any time of the year. We place a plant order at the Barb-Martin Bushbank each November. If you register after this date it's likely your planting will happen in the coming winter. However, your planting may be pushed back to the following winter should plant stock be unavailable.

6 - How do I make a payment?

Payment can be made via credit card or Paypal through the signup process. Alternatively, through the signup process you can choose the manual payment option and make an EFT payment with the details below:

BSB: 633 000

Account Number: 144 585 106  

7. Is this a Government endorsed carbon credits program? 

No, this is a voluntary program. If you wish to participate in a government-endorsed program consider using an Australian company such as Green Fleet or Carbon Neutral.

 

If you feel a connection to the local landscape stick with us, get your hands dirty and get plants in the ground on Phillip Island.

8. Is this a carbon offset program?

No, the Australian Government claims the carbon offset through any tree planting. Therefore, you cannot also claim the carbon offset. As an Island Bush Carer you will be balancing your carbon emissions by increasing native vegetation and biodiversity levels on Phillip Island. We thank you for your contribution.