John Daly serves Precinct George

Precinct George is a body representing tenants, developers and the wider community in all aspects of the George Street precinct.

Our Mission

To assist in positioning George Street to be recognised as an iconic street…

We are Brisbane based not-for-profit organisation with a single focus on engaging with all stakeholders in the George Street precinct. The first organisation of its kind, our mission is very simple – providing a common voice all that belong to the George Street precinct…

All day, everyday we get asked about our reasons for creating Precinct George. What do we stand to gain from the initiative? Can our interests be best served from an existing body? Why George Street? So we thought we would provide the answers below…

Why George Street?

George Street, it can be argued, is an interconnecting thoroughfare that connects the city’s spine together. Bordered by the Brisbane City Botanic Gardens and the Roma Street Parklands it represents the street that best connects Brisbane’s cultural heritage together with government, commerce and the education sectors. With major development occur along the street or in adjacent streets to the central spine, Precinct George believes that George Street more than any other street in the city has the most potential for exploration as a precinct. To this end we are committed to engaging with all stakeholders in the street to facilitate a discussion about its future…

What is Precinct George’s purpose?

Precinct George’s fundamental premise is that greater good can be achieved by facilitating discussion and enabling consensus to be achieved by stakeholders within the precinct. The Precinct George purpose is therefore to provide an independent voice for stakeholders on the street, recognising that much more can be achieved by a body that is associated by stakeholders on the street than if independent stakeholders sort to achieve outcomes without suitable consensus…

Can Precinct George’s initiative be served by an organisation?

The uniqueness with Precinct George lies in the fact that it is an organisation with a specialised focus on marketing and promoting a single street. This therein provides Precinct George Limited with a number of points of difference that are unmatched. Where a Chamber of Commerce is commonly a member driven organisation that provides members with opportunities to network with members and guests, Precinct George Limited is a not-for-profit organisation that seeks to advocate and champion specific causes in the George Street precinct. Precinct George Limited does not see itself taking market share from any organisation; it sees itself complimenting the good work that a range of organisations are providing within the precinct. We are professional enablers and facilitators, its what we do for a living…

What is the difference between Precinct George’s crowd-funding / donation model and a traditional ‘membership’ model?

The uniqueness of the Precinct George Limited business model is exemplified in its approach for eliciting funds and donations for campaigns. Where a traditional membership model relies on a traditional membership structure to secure finance, Precinct George will use a combination of crowd-funding and donation fundraising to secure funding for specific causes that stakeholders in the precinct have expressed interest in championing. Accordingly stakeholders will have the option to directly contribute to grassroots campaigns of interest for them, by them. Popularly known as ‘crowd-funding,’ direct donations are made to the organisation through a singular website interface with Precinct George Limited accountable for executing the campaign outcomes once it reaches a threshold of funding. Relying on critical mass, Precinct George strength ultimately lies in the size and scale of its membership.

We sink or swim on the basis of our engagement with you, the people of George Street…


Aquaponics Network Australia (ANA) tubbed fruit trees to grow in “bioganic earth”

Aquaponics Network Australia (ANA) tubbed fruit trees to grow in “bioganic earth”

Switched-on horticulturalists in Brisbane are now growing tubbed fruit trees in a new kind of created soil named “Bioganic Earth”.

Aquaponics Network Australia will soon be demonstrating such trees in backyard-style aquaponics teaching units at Carindale and Nerang in SE Queensland.

It is a “specialist growing medium” created by noted Brisbane horticulturalist, John Daly, of eCo-Environment.
John’s vastly superior growing media for tubbed plants is also used for green roofs or green walls.
It has better plant growing capacity than any other soil (natural or created). Engineered to hold maximum water, it provides all plant foods, and provides superior root zone aeration. Cost is only about $1/litre volume..
It even has microbes in it for all the symbiotic root-zone tasks from which a growing plant can benefit.
Indoor plants grown in the new media have added benefit in better absorption of harmful VOC’s (volatile organic compounds) coming from building materials in new homes or offices.

Professional trials have well shown superior growth and sustainability of plants in the new specialist growing media, compared with other soils or substrates.

Green Wall Soil Mix is a winner

“I have been using John Daly’s –  Bioganic Earth – Green Wall soil mix for 2 years now. Specialising in Green Walls, I discovered Bioganic Earth Green Wall soil mix after 12 months of extensive research to find the prefect plant and soil mediums for vertical gardens.

Coming from a permiculture background & knowing that  great, fertile soil is key to the  success of plant’s growth and health, I use the Green wall blend mix in both domestic small scale pot designs through to large scale modular systems.  After 2 years the early Green walls still look fantastic with clients raving on the lushness of the plants, the ease of maintenance and  small amount of water required to support walls. I have only a 2-5 %  loss of plants since using Johns Green wall blend which is amazing,

Apart from great soil mediums I have also  found that John at Eco Environment very professional, from the 1st phone call his service, guidance and knowledge has been fantastic.


Mick Stovin

Green Mandala Landscaping & Design

Bioganic Earth great “all rounder” mix (testimonial)

Dear John,

I’d like to thank you for your time and efforts in helping us with our growing media.  We would like to put forward a testimonial for you.

We are a family owned multi award winning garden centre established since 1996. From a young age we decided to produce a percentage of our plant-stock in house due to the fact that we are an Australian Native Specialist and some plants we like to sell aren’t readily available. There’s also the economics of growing some of your own stock to increase profits.

We have used several different potting media companies over the years and although we have had some reasonable results, we’ve also had some poor results. Couple this with the fact that we don’t grow large numbers of any one plant species, we need a growing media that is diverse in it’s application. We’ve struggled to find a suitable “all round” media that is suitable for the majority of our nursery plants.

After talks with John Daly at Eco Environment in regards to our dilemma he suggested we try some “Bioganic Earth”-specialist Growing media. We still had some of our existing media left so we used it alongside the “Bioganic Earth”. We had some great results. We noticed several differences very early. The “Bioganic Earth” held more moisture in the pot than our existing media however still had
good air porosity and drainage. It also re-wet easier if it did dry out.  Over time we noticed that there was little to no slumpage/sinkage of the media in the pot and the plants were performing well.

We’ve now purchased thirty cubic metres of Bioganic Earth and we’ve never had such healthy plant growth. The media has proven to be a great “all rounder” mix for us and has vastly improved the quality of our green stock.

Nielsens Native Nursery –

Multi-pro proves valuable in shaded area (testimonial)

My name is Peter Tulp.
I am a qualified Greenkeeper and Gardener  with over 30 years experience.
About a year ago I was having great difficulty in obtain a good cover of Palmetto Buffalo Grass in an area that the turf suppliers said would not grow decent grass. Approx 80% shade and very little air -flow under a massive camphor -laurel tree.
After talking to Ian Allison from All About Turf  he put me in touch with John Daly from Eco-Environment  who suggested I top-dress the whole area with “Multi-Pro”. The results have been astounding; grass density has improved markedly and the occurrence of disease has been suppressed.
I highly recommend the use of “Multi-Pro” as both a growing medium for turf and for use as a quality topdressing.
Peter Tulp -Greenkeeper

I am a believer (Testimonial)

Hello John,

For 30+ years I have been a frustrated home vegetable gardener experiencing just mediocre results in the product of my labors.

I tried all the best soils and composts that the landscape/garden industry could throw at me but nothing ever gave me the satisfaction of producing really good quality, tasty vegetables at home.

Earlier this year you gave a talk at our Rotary Club explaining why soils do or do not work in particular environments.

I decided to try once more using the information I gleaned from your talk .

I made a raised bed in my garden and purchased bags of Bioganic Earth from the local stockist of your product.

I planted the good old staples of tomatoes, lettuce and cucumbers.

I could not believe how quickly and robustly those plants grew within days of planting.  While waiting for the plants to produce, I put in some bok choy, Capsicum and herbs.

The tomatoes taste wonderful and have been continually producing for nearly 3 months. We have used the bok choy and planted more and more different types of lettuce.

The garden was (and continues to be) such a huge success that I have built 3 more using a cubic metre of your Biganic Earth. We have strawberries, chillies, beans (2 types), spring onions, zucchini, and now butternut pumpkin and (South African) Gem Squash.

I have now added Multi-Pro fertiliser/conditioner to the original garden and we are preparing to experiment with some new varieties. What a joy!

The original single cucumber plant has produced over 40 crisp large and delicious cucumbers and is still producing. Family and friends just love the home grown produce.

We still have our original vegie garden which we put in about a year ago using the usual garden centre soils and compost etc. Presently, it contains some beans, celery and a pumpkin (planted at the same time as the pumpkin in the new beds). I have included a couple of photos to show the enormous difference between the two gardens.

Thank you so much for your help and information.

I was sceptical when I heard your talk but not any more.

I am a believer.

Stewart Rice and Pat Matthews

Original Bioganic Earth Garden

Old Vegie Garden

Butternut pumpkin at 5 weeks

4 new gardens

G20 And Sustainable Urban Farming

Recently at the G20 I had the opportunity to represent the AGDF (Australian Green Development Forum) and talk about sustainable urban farming.

The AGDF has been in operation since 2002 and has become an important knowledge centre for sustainability and green professional development in Australia.

Our board is made up of representatives from BCC, University of Queensland and Griffith University, property developers, architects, town planners and Queensland government departments who are passionate about sustainable development.

We promote Positive Development and carbon positive development strategies following the principles developed by Professor Janis Birkeland, the author of Positive Development.

These principles encourage green walls , indoor air quality, urban food growing and an integrated vegetation approach to property development.

It was a great honour to be involved in such a level of talks and I look forward to sharing more on the nature of the talks.

John Daly G20




Horticultural Media Association – Meeting

The Horticultural Media Association Qld events meeting at Bamboo Down Under at the demonstration Gardens,  on Saturday 2-2-13.

Great day had by all with members coming from Toowoomba, Sunshine Coast Brisbane and Cairns.

Bamboo spp number more than 900 species. Approx 600 are Clumping and the rest are Running Bamboos. Of the clumping bamboo species many are useful for  food (Corm shoots) and  building  materials, for flooring, wall panelling, furniture, paper etc (all are  renewable resources).

Bamboo has gone a long way to saving and preserving forest timber and natural rainforest habitats. Did you Know – there are over 5 species of Australian native bamboo in the Northern Territory – Arnhem land. The Aborigine have been making didgeridoo‘s from bamboo stems over last 40,000 years. Thank you to Rick and Colin at Bamboo Down under, from a retiring president.