Growth in gar­den­ers

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - DONNA_MARIE MILNE

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 kevin@kstar­ or call the Port Dou­glas Neigh­bour­hood Cen­tre on 4099 5518.

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