Shoal Bay Waste Management Facility Wetlands

Location: Shoal Bay, Karama NT

Client: Shoal Bay Waste Management Facility

Date of Completion: Plant stock received by Shoal Bay Waste Management Facility on the 18th of October 2021

Number of plants supplied: 12,000 tubes

Order packed ready for delivery to the Northern Territory


Project Details:

Tubestock Nursery Australia was contracted to grow 12,000 tubes of Macrophytes for the Shoal Bay Waste Management Facility Wetlands. The team then coordinated the transport of the plant stock to the facility from Queensland to the Northern Territory.

Delivery received (3 day transit)


The international waste management company, Veolia, has managed and operated the Shoal Bay Waste Management Facility (SBWMF) for the past seven years. Shoal Bay is the waste and recycling management facility and renewable energy facility servicing the city of Darwin. Veolia, who are recognised as world leaders in waste management and environmental services, hails a new era in waste management in the greater Darwin region and highlights the importance Council is placing on reduction of emissions.


SBWMF receives over 180,000 tonnes of waste per annum and has a forecasted operational life until 2034. To improve ongoing operational management and meet increasing regulatory and environmental standards, several upgrades are underway to advance the facility for the future. The plants supplied by Tubestock Nursery will be installed in waterbodies existing on the facility to improve water quality and preserve the existing ecosystems.

The nursery has the capacity to provide growing contracts for any project size and/or species list. Tubestock Nursery’s propagation team have comprehensive knowledge and experience in both aquatic and terrestrial plant propagation. Plants are produced year-round in the nursery’s production facilities and have per annum growth schedules for complex projects. Plants are available in a variety of sizes (cells, tube stock, 140 mm, 200 mm, 400 mm) depending on your project requirements and range from seedlings to mature and advanced products.


Species of plants supplied by Tubestock:


· Macrophytes


Macrophytes are aquatic plants growing in or near water. They may be either emergent (i.e., with upright portions above the water surface), submerged or floating. The depth, density, diversity and types of macrophytes present in a system are indicators of waterbody health. Where submerged aquatic macrophytes are abundant, they can have a heavy influence on habitat structure, fishability, recreational use and nutrient dynamics. The absence of macrophytes may indicate a water quality problem such as excessive turbidity, herbicides or salinization which interfere with plant growth and development. On the other hand, an overabundance of macrophytes can result from high nutrient levels and may affect ecosystem health, recreational activities and the aesthetic appeal of the system.