Sowing the seeds
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