Planting seeds for community
Public garden is first stage of masterplan
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.”
HAND-PICKED: Dallas Rumbelow from Brisbane Valley Protein.