Green thumb duo move in

WHEN Miriam Davis and Bruce Roberts became next door neighbours about a year ago, they decided to set down some roots.

Miriam moved from Urangan to the government public housing on Hervey Bay’s Hunter Street. Sydney native Bruce arrived from Torquay.

“We decided to put our heads together and do something we both like,” Ms Davis said after collecting their water-wise garden award at the weekend.

Their efforts in the garden were recognised in the common garden category when senior housing officer Philip Scott handed out the garlands last week.

“When I’m doing property inspections I encourage people to take part and the response is fantastic.

“Some of the gardens we’ve judged would be good enough to compete in the open garden competitions.

“It’s been amazing despite the less than encouraging weather.

“It encourages tenants to take pride in homes rather than properties. It also encourages social housing tenants to form groups and set up networks.”

The Queensland Government competition involved social housing tenants, community housing tenants and tenants in local government properties.

In the Wide Bay region there were 61 entries.

“We decided to do it together,” Miriam Davis said. “We put our heart and soul into it for a year with no rain.

“There was nothing here a year ago,” Bruce recalled the spartan landscape of 12 months ago.

But soon they were knocking on each other’s door, with flowery plans that would blossom and bring its rich reward down the line.

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