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Island Whale Festival
emissions reduction scheme

Local trees for global change

The Island Whale Festival 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 can be purchased and planted on selected land. As an Island Whale Festival Carer, the contribution you make goes towards purchase of trees and reduces your impact on the environment.

Program Information

In partnership with Totally Renewable Phillip Island (TRPI), we are offering the opportunity to reduce  your net carbon emissions by planting native vegetation on Phillip Island.  

1 tonne of your carbon emissions can be reduced for every 7 tube stock 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.  

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.

We believe by contributing 7 trees will reduce your carbon emissions by 1 tonne and take into consideration your travel to the Island and usage of local power and waste.  

This is shown in the example below:

Tonnes of carbon for attending Island Whale Festival: 1

Plants per tonne            : 7

Cost per plant & guards :$3

Total investment is $21.00 towards reducing your carbon emissions.

Frequently asked questions and the terms and conditions of the program are below.

To register and make payment click the link below.


1. Is this a carbon offset program?

No, you are contributing to carbon drawdown. This program cannot be used as an emissions offset. To learn more about defining, calculating, and reducing your emissions, please refer to the Federal Government Standard Homepage | Climate Active. Certified credit types for carbon neutral claims are outlined in this standard

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?

You can register and pay by clicking on the following:

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- Who can become an Island Whale Festival Carer?

Any individual, community group, or business who attends the Island Whale Festival.

Island Bush Care Program

Terms and Conditions

The Island Bush Care program administered by Phillip Island Landcare Group and Totally Renewable Phillip Island (herein called 'the partners') delivers revegetation activities, including site selection and preparation, planting and monitoring.


Whilst every effort will be made by the partners to establish, nurture and monitor our native revegetation projects that are established to reduce your carbon emissions, we are unable to guarantee the permanency of such plantings.

Acts outside of the control of the partners, including natural disasters, sovereign risk, force majeure or property ownership changes may impact some areas of plantations. 


The partners voluntary emissions reduction scheme is not accredited by a governing body in Australia or internationally. 

Limitation of Liability:

The partners are not responsible and cannot be held liable if:

  • Your reforestation plot is destroyed or does not survive after planting, including but not limited to causes such as natural thinning of planted trees and natural events (drought/fire/pests etc).

  • Your trees do not sequester the expected volume of carbon as per your initial calculation with the partners. The partners will take reasonable steps to manage projects and provide reasonable estimates of the amount of CO2 equivalent carbon that the trees we plant will sequester on average, but is not liable if this level of sequestration is not achieved.

  • The partners do not measure the actual level of carbon sequestration by the trees planted in a project, other than monitoring a project for ongoing maintenance and reporting purposes.

  • Any claims of carbon neutrality are made solely by the participant organisation in the scheme and are not endorsed by the Partners.

  • The partners voluntary emissions reduction scheme in which you are participating is not externally certified against an Australian or international standard.

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