Low water use plant species

Low water use species

Low water use species means a species of vegetation identified as a 'one drop plant' under Sydney Water's Plant Selector Water Drop Rating Scheme (available at www.sydneywater.com.au), or a species of vegetation which the local council for that area deems is a low water use species in that area. These can include Indigenous species that are suited to the environment and climatic conditions of the area.

Indigenous species

Indigenous species means a species of vegetation identified in a local council list as being indigenous to the land on which the proposed development is to be carried out (available by pdf download below), or a species of vegetation which the local council for that area deems is an indigenous species in that area.

Low water use/indigenous species by LGA

Click on your LGA name to view a list of species deemed appropriate for that area. Lists are in PDF format.

Albury City Council Fairfield City Council Mosman Municipal Council
Ashfield Municipal Council Griffith City Council North Sydney Council
Auburn Council Hawkesbury City Council Parramatta City Council
Bankstown City Council Holroyd City Council Penrith City Council
Bathurst Regional Council Hornsby Shire Council Pittwater Council
Baulkham Hills Shire Council Hunters Hill Municipal Council Port Macquarie Council
Blacktown City Council Hurstville City Council Randwick City Council
Blue Mountains City Council Junee Shire Council Richmond Valley Council
Botany Bay City Council Kiama Municipal Council Rockdale City Council
Burwood Council Kogarah Municipal Council Ryde City Council
Byron Shire Council Ku-ring-gai Council Strathfield Municipal Council
Camden Council Lane Cove Municipal Council Sutherland Shire Council
Campbelltown City Council Leeton Shire Council Sydney City Council
Canada Bay City Council Leichhardt Council Warringah Council
Canterbury City Council Liverpool City Council Willoughby City Council
Coffs Harbour City Council Manly Council  Woollhara City Council
Cootamundra Shire Council Marrickville Council Wollongong City Council

If your LGA is not listed in the table above, you need to contact your local council for a list of low water demand and/or indigenous species which they will accept as part of a landscape plan to meet your BASIX water commitments.

You should also consider the suitability of species selected for your site in terms of soil type, exposure, shade, mature plant height, and on-going maintenance issues such as the potential impact on sewerage services. Further information is available from your local council and the Sydney Water plant selector.

Did you know? New BASIX homes are predicted to have saved around 24.8 billion litres of water (or over 9000 Olympic swimming pools)

source: BASIX Five Year Outcomes Summary