Community garden for Walkervale

COMMUNITY participation and organic knowledge is set to bloom in Walkervale, with a community garden application being passed on Tuesday at Bundaberg Regional Council’s final meeting of the year.

Burnett Respite Services general manager Peter Cullen was thrilled by the decision and said he was just waiting to hear what the conditions on the application would be.

“There was a mad rush at the start (to prepare it), but until it was approved it was a bit in limbo,” he said, adding this was a culmination of about 18 months of preparation.

“Now that it’s passed, next year will be a good one.”

Community gardens are open to the public, managed and maintained by members of the public and gardeners, and facilitated by community groups.

“The concept of a community garden is to have a common area for community groups and individuals to learn about organic gardening,” Mr Cullen said.

“They learn about it and get to eat it at the end.

“Even if it gets vandalised, at least they’ll be eating healthily.”

Plans submitted to council show the garden will be developed in three stages, with the first expected to result in 25 garden beds – constructed from old railway sleepers – five concrete block storage bays for organic vegetables, a storage shed, boundary fencing and a landscaped recreation and seating area.

Stage two would involve an outdoor kitchen area, shade sails and landscaped gardens, and stage three 18 more garden beds.

Councillor Wayne Honor said: “It provides outreach to the disadvantaged and it’s something everyone can appreciate and enjoy.

“It’s commendable and it’s helping people in the community who don’t get that opportunity.”

Although the majority of councillors supported the project, there was some resistance due to its position – at 4-6 Boston Street and 139 Barolin Street.

“This is a residential area. On pure planning grounds I cannot support this application,” Councillor Ross Sommerfeld said.

Councillor Greg Barnes agreed.

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