Grand plan: It may not look quite like this, at least for some time, but Coffs’ own community garden is on the way to being ‘spade ready’.
Grand plan: It may not look quite like this, at least for some time, but Coffs’ own community garden is on the way to being ‘spade ready’. Submitted

Coffs community garden to go ahead

LOCAL green thumbs finally got their wish.

After much toing and froing, Coffs Harbour City councillors have moved to approve a community garden on part of the Combine Street Reserve.

The recommendation to Thursday’s council meeting to support the proposed granting of a licence to Coffs Regional Community Gardens Inc, pending approval from the Minister for Local Government, was amended on the advice of council staff to bypass the minister.

There was concern the March 2011 state election could see the proposal delayed in Sydney for an extended period.

“They have been hanging on for so long – they have been kicked from pillar to post,” said Cr Paul Templeton, who seconded Cr Mark Graham’s motion to grant the licence.

A major delay in getting the garden up and running was the need to find an accessible, flood-free public location with suitable soils. Combine Street Reserve appears to tick all the boxes.

The garden proposal was developed by Coffs Regional Community Gardens and includes food gardens, individual allotments, a seedling nursery and meeting space.

Community gardens have been established throughout Australia and the world as a means of providing fresh food to local communities and places for people to share knowledge about growing vegetables and other plants.

The Combine Street Community Garden will be open to the public and will offer a range of gardening and sustainability workshops to increase local food knowledge. It will be maintained by volunteers from CRCG.

A 3D concept plan of the garden site can be found at the CRCG website – www.coffscommunitygardens.org.au – or provide comments on Facebook www.facebook.com/coffsregionalcommunitygardens. CRCG member Adam Curlis said work would begin on the site once a garden co-ordinator was appointed. Donations of time and materials are welcome. To get involved contact Adam Curlis on 0424 989 979 or email adam.curlis@tafensw.edu.au.



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