Jacob and his mum Sarah Dawe enjoy gardening but eating the rewards of your work is the best.
Jacob and his mum Sarah Dawe enjoy gardening but eating the rewards of your work is the best. Valerie Horton

Planting the seeds for community

THE COTTAGE may soon be overflowing with corn, cauliflower, brussel sprouts and tomatoes with an impressive number of volunteer gardeners offering their help to put life back into the Multicultural Community Garden.

More than 40 people turned up to the Peters Lane centre at Pialba on Friday to take part in a working bee.

It was a joint event organised by Transition Town Hervey Bay and Hervey Bay Neighbourhood Centre.

“It was just overwhelming; totally amazing,” said Transition Town media officer Christel Schrank about the show of support.

She said there were people coming and going all morning helping to clear the forgotten garden beds.

Transition Town founder Maggie John said the meeting was held to gauge if there was any interest in the garden.

“Obviously there is. There is such a feeling of community,” she beamed.

The garden was opened in 2001 however over the years the number of volunteers fluctuated and the garden diminished.

Last week’s meeting was to encourage residents to have a go at growing their own food and to take part in a community project.

It was also to lower the carbon footprint of the Fraser Coast, explained Ms John, and to raise awareness that food prices and food supply chains are dependent on the price of oil.

The working bee was not only a success with the number of people who attended but also the amount of seeds donated.

There were seeds for madagascar beans, black-eyed peas, melons, chillies and tiny tim tomatoes, among others.

“It just shows that people are ready and I think people are really wanting to do something in the community,” said Ms John.

She explained there was a mix of participants; some wanted simply to be social, others were fed up with the chemicals used in foods, many were keen gardeners while a few were concerned about society’s dependence on oil.

To find out how you can help in the garden you can give Ms John a call on 0434 144 394 or visit www.transitionfrasercoast.org.au.



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