Garden idea is
PATTY Klaassen’s dream of a community garden attracting folk of all ages to walk, play, and harvest fruit and vegetables is coming to fruition.
The Mt Perry health worker was keen to extend the town’s safe walking areas for older people and the community, and involve the youth group in the joys of gardening.
From this seed, the project grew.
Garden caretaker and RSL president Peter Baker said groundwork began last year when the Mt Perry Community Health Centre provided land, and Pathways to Recovery funded the purchase of basic gardening equipment and the fencing and installation of a shed.
“Through the RSL, the Bendigo Community Bank for Gin Gin and Mt Perry has provided $1600 for garden seats,” Mr Baker said. “It will be a lovely shady spot in summer, with the blue gums providing shade at 12 o’clock.”
By July this year, the Mt Perry Fine Arts Group had been commissioned to paint the cement planter boxes donated by the North Burnett Regional Council and the youth group had begun a vegetable garden.
Five Mt Perry artists, led by AdrienneWilliams, have contributed designs related to growing food or native plants which will take form over the next few months.
“Sometimes we drive down there at six in the morning and see an artist with a hat on,” MsWilliams said.
“Our aim is to make the
CHICKENS! The Bassett siblings and Tylor Morton enjoy the planter box painted by Shelley Kelly.
Mt Perry's community garden is a peaceful space under blue gums on land donated by the Mt Perry Community Health Centre.