12 October 2017
Cr Matt Constance with Rob and Kathleen Hall, Sue Pritchard, Lorraine Jillett and Chris Warner at the Hills Organic Garden.
Moreton Bay Regional Council has officially endorsed community gardens in Moreton Bay, planting the seed for organisations across the region to establish veggie patches, orchards and urban farms in public parks and open spaces.
Council adopted a recommendation at its Coordination Committee Meeting on Tuesday, October 10 to allow community groups to set up communal gardens following the successful trial of The Hills District Community Garden in Bunya.
Mayor Allan Sutherland encouraged local green thumbs and community groups with an interest in gardening to get involved and said he looked forward to seeing community gardens sprout throughout Moreton Bay.
“Community gardens are a great way for residents to get outdoors, meet new people and even produce some great fruits and vegetables,” Mayor Sutherland said.
“As an avid gardener myself, I know that it’s a very rewarding experience to grow and harvest your own vegetables, which can then be served for dinner that night.
“Community groups will now be able to fill out an expression of interest form to council, and staff and their local councillor will then work with the group to get a garden off the ground.
“Successful gardens are built on the strength of its members, so it’s important to make sure you have an enthusiastic and involved group who are committed to their local community garden.”
As part of the endorsement, community groups will need to make sure any garden is in-line with council’s Community Garden Guide.
Lifestyle and Amenity Spokesperson Councillor Matt Constance said the Community Garden Guide together with an expression of interest form is now available on council’s website to download.
“The Community Garden Guide will give you an idea of things you’ll need to consider like accessibility, safety, the size of the site, the layout and the park’s suitability to grow vegetables,” Cr Constance said.
“The guide also includes helpful advice on the long-term management of your community garden.
“So grab your neighbours, pull on a set of gardening gloves and bring your trowel to get involved in this great community initiative.”
See the Community Garden Guide or phone (07) 3205 0555 for more information.