Growth in gardeners
A VIBRANT and viable community garden in Port Douglas is set to be realised.
The first public meeting to discuss its development was held last week, with a resounding turn out.
More than 50 local community members from diverse fields turned out to support the budding project last month.
The purpose of the community garden opposite the Port Douglas Neighbourhood Centre in Mowbray St is to build a community meeting place and enhance the natural environment.
More specifically, space will be provided for communal gardens, a skills-based shed and barbecue area.
Project manager Kevin “K-star” Eldridge said the meeting was very positive and emphasised people don’t necessarily need to have green thumbs to become involved.
A diverse range of skills and talents are required to keep the project motivated, building a successful community project through a process of enthusiasm, research and planning.
“We’re really trying to build momentum, momentum is the key,” K-star said.
“It’s not too late to become involved, and you can donate as much or as little time as you want.
“This project is going to be great for the community.”
The garden is four years in the making, instigated by well known local James Watson who brought the community and resources together to convince Cairns Regional Council to donate the land.
In his honour, the shed to be included on the land will be named the James Watson Shed.
The flourishing project is already receiving support from the local council, being awarded a $1000 grant from the Mayor’s discretionary fund.
This money will be put towards self-funding initiatives, with plans to produce a CD featuring local musos well advanced and a pre-christmas release still a possibility.
To become involved in the community garden contact K-star at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Port Douglas Neighbourhood Centre on 4099 5518.