Gar­den idea takes off

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS -

ONE needn’t look fur­ther to than the Whit­sun­day Or­ganic Com­mu­nity Gar­den to see the sil­ver lin­ing of the very dark cloud which went by the name of Cy­clone Debbie.

The re­cent snow­balling of in­ter­est in the Whit­sun­day Or­ganic Gom­mu­nity Gar­den is jut one pos­i­tive story born from the dis­as­ter which tore through the re­gion on March 28.

Last week the gar­den was suc­cess­ful in land­ing $29,681 in fund­ing from the Gam­bling Com­mu­nity Ben­e­fit Fund.

This sum will be added to an­other grant worth $19,371, made avail­able through the sus­tain­able com­mu­ni­ties fund­ing.

Sec­re­tary of the gar­den Jessa Lloyd said the “vibe (in the com­mu­nity) is huge”.

“We have got al­most 450 mem­bers on our Face­book group, which is up 45% in the last six months,” she said.

“Af­ter the cy­clone the feel­ing of the com­mu­nity com­ing to­gether is strong.

“Peo­ple have stepped forward and the cy­clone has al­most been a cat­a­lyst.”

The foun­da­tion of the en­tire gar­den has lit­er­ally been laid by mulched trees de­stroyed by Debbie.

Last week 1000 cu­bic me­tres of mulch was de­liv­ered to the Gal­braith Park site and at the week­end the gar­den hosted an open day and fruit for­est plant­ing ses­sion.

Other Whit­sun­day com­mu­nity groups to re­ceive fund­ing in this round of the Gam­bling Com­mu­nity Ben­e­fit Fund in­clude: the Queens­land CWA, VMR Whit­sun­day and Midge Point, Whit­sun­day Kyokushin Karate, the Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club and the Whit­sun­day Sport­ing Car Club.


WATERING IN: Watering newly planted fruit trees at the Whit­sun­day Or­ganic Com­mu­nity Gar­den’s open day.

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