Garden idea takes off
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.