Plant­ing seeds for com­mu­nity

Pub­lic gar­den is first stage of mas­ter­plan

Gatton Star - - NEWS - Emma Clarke emma.clarke@qt.com.au

THERE are plans to ex­port lo­cally grown food to the world but the force be­hind Brisbane Val­ley Pro­tein Precinct is start­ing at the grass­roots level.

A com­mu­nity gar­den was among the first stages of the four-stage mas­ter­plan for a 1010ha plot of farm­land at Coominya and a way for co-di­rec­tor Dun­can Brown to show the com­mu­nity he was se­ri­ous about their in­volve­ment with the largescale project.

At the mo­ment the com­mu­nity gar­den is rows of flour­ish­ing seedlings, beds of freshly planted veg­eta­bles and herbs and a place for fam­i­lies to put their green thumbs into ac­tion.

It will be­come an in­te­gral part of the Brisbane Val­ley Pro­tein Precinct mas­ter­plan and a key method to get the com­mu­nity in­volved right from the be­gin­ning.

Gar­dener Dal­las Rum­be­low was one of the lucky few hand-picked to help Mr Brown launch the project to the com­mu­nity.

“I be­came in­volved about 12 months ago and we started the gar­den and had the first plant­ing,” Ms Rum­be­low said.

“We will be open­ing up ev­ery few weeks to the com­mu­nity to come and have a pot­ter, en­joy the gar­den, maybe plant some things if they want to and take some pro­duce.”

She said plans were in place to ex­pand the gar­den project as the full Brisbane Val­ley Pro­tein Precinct vi­sion came to life.

“It’s pretty amaz­ing to see how it is all com­ing to­gether,” she said.

Mr Brown said the gar­den was a key link be­tween the de­vel­op­ment and its neigh­bours.

“We wanted to show to the com­mu­nity that we are se­ri­ous. It’s one thing to have a plan, but this was a small tan­gi­ble step to­wards the ul­ti­mate vi­sion, which is a com­mu­nity,” he said.

“One day peo­ple will be able to come here and taste the lo­cal pro­duce, meet the lo­cal pro­duc­ers and eat the lo­cal goods.”

PHOTO: ROB WIL­LIAMS

HAND-PICKED: Dal­las Rum­be­low from Brisbane Val­ley Pro­tein.

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