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Community garden is a blooming good idea

Published: 2 April 2014

Community garden is a blooming good idea
Les Turner, Robert Galea and Cr Jennie Breene.

It has been a long time coming but the unveiling of Logan City’s first community garden was worth the wait.

More than 13 years ago, the idea of a community garden was planted in the mind of Eagleby’s Les Turner and his dream was realised with the unveiling of the Fryar Road Community Garden last week.

The garden, at 110 Fryar Rd was officially opened on Wednesday 26 March by Councillor Jennie Breene (Division 12), Mr Turner and Robert Galea from FIRST Services.

An avid gardener, Mr Turner has been so committed to his goal of establishing a community garden in Logan that he had “team shirts” made, complete with “Fryar Road Community Garden Committee” embroidered on them. As a testament to his commitment, Mr Turner is Chairman of the committee.

The garden, the culmination of weeks of hard work by a group of five local volunteers, was dedicated to Mr Turner’s late wife, Kay, who died recently.

“I saw there was a need in the community for something like this and after a few false starts and about 13 years, it has finally happened – I could not be happier,” Mr Turner said.

“Council contacted us about four months ago and told us they had found a suitable block of land and gave us permission to start work. We started work immediately, clearing the site and preparing it for what you see today.

“I am extremely proud of what we have achieved in such a short period of time. This is a big day for us, massive.”

Cr Breene said the hard working and dedicated Fryar Road Community Garden Committee included: Les Turner, Albert Routledge, Jenny Routledge, Laurie Gilbert, David Turner, and Richard Adamski.

“I know this is exactly what the group envisaged,” she said.

“This garden has a wonderful variety of seedlings which will be grown and then made available at nominal cost to people in the community.

“Any money collected will go back to the club to cover any of the garden’s maintenance and operational costs.”

The exciting variety of seedlings includes: squash, zucchini, peas, cabbage, cauliflower, cucumber, eggplant, capsicum and bok choy.

Supported and funded by Council’s Healthy Logan program, the Australian Government and Cr Breene, who allocated funds from her Divisional Infrastructure Capital Improvements Program, the garden will be overseen by FIRST Services.

“Following the lease signing in January it has been all hands on deck to prepare the site for this week’s official opening,” Cr Breene said.

“Workers from FIRST and volunteers have been busy tiling the soil, plotting out the garden beds and preparing the first plantings.

“It’s wonderful to see this project come to fruition; I’m looking forward to tasting the first harvest later this year.”

While rain did try to interrupt the official opening, those that braved the damp conditions did enjoy workshops on worm farming and composting, planted seedlings in the new gardens, learned about the importance of community gardens and enjoyed a barbecue lunch.

If you are interested in volunteering your time in the Fryar Road Community Garden please contact FIRST Services on 3382 6923.