Sow­ing the seeds

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - PAUL MIL­TON BUT­LER

MU­SI­CIAN Frank Frikker sang his heart out be­fore Cr Ju­lia Leu offi cially launched the Com­mu­nity Gar­den project at the Port Dou­glas Surf Club on Mon­day.

A tire­less cam­paigner to build the gar­den, which will be op­po­site Neigh­bour­hood Cen­tre in Mowbray St, Kevin Eldridge, said the sup­port he had re­ceived from the vol­un­teers and the many busi­nesses in the Dou­glas re­gion had been “over­whelm­ing”.

“The re­al­i­sa­tion of the com­mu­nity gar­den has been a fan­tas­tic ef­fort and shows just how pow­er­ful peo­ple power is,” Mr Eldridge said.

“There have been so many peo­ple in­volved in this project since the be­gin­ning and the sup­port that we have had from busi­nesses and in­di­vid­u­als in money, time and equip­ment has been noth­ing short of tremen­dous and we have raised over $ 10,000.”

Mr Eldridge said they had al­ready been pro­vided with seed stock and it was hoped they could be­gin grow­ing fruit and veg­eta­bles later in the year, but it still might not be un­til next year that they can be­gin har­vest­ing the pro­duce.

“There is still some work to be done in pre­par­ing the gar­den but at least now it has be­come a re­al­ity and thanks to the coun­cil giv­ing us the lease for the land and DERM’S sup­port it will hap­pen,” he said.

Dur­ing the launch se­rial good guy James Wat­son was called upon to draw the raffl e for a mag­nifi cent oil paint­ing ti­tled Bud­dha with Bam­boo worth $1650 and do­nated by artist Linda Lo­ry­wood. The lucky win­ner of the paint­ing was Chris Keogh from Jam Jar Car Hire.

Mr Keogh said that he was thrilled to have won the paint­ing and that he would hang it proudly in his Macrossan St offi ce.

“I would like to thank Linda for do­nat­ing the piece and of course I am very happy to win it and we will dis­play it in our Macrossan St of­fice to help jazz up the space,” Mr Keogh said.

Tire­less cam­paigner: Kevin Eldridge and Tara Ben­nett at the Com­mu­nity Gar­den launch

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