Ron Jurd surveys the Wattle Park Reserve site in Park Ave, Yamba, that could soon be converted to the Lower Clarence Community Garden.
Ron Jurd surveys the Wattle Park Reserve site in Park Ave, Yamba, that could soon be converted to the Lower Clarence Community Garden.

Community garden idea is growing

YAMBA already has its ubiquitous ‘prawn’, but how does a Yamba Carrot or a Yamba Bean sound?

After a year of searching, talking and canvassing support, it looks as though Yamba may finally get its community garden, and if Ron Jurd has any say in it, in the not-too-distant future Yamba families and community groups will be eating home-grown vegies like his father did 50 years ago.

“People have moved away from growing their own food,” Mr Jurd said.

“A lot of people don’t have the space and growing local produce reduces food miles.”

Although the community garden steering committee has existed for some time, it has not been until the advent of the $2 million Northern Rivers Food Links Project (which aims to mitigate climate change impacts associated with food production and distribution) that there has been the opportunity for funding which could enable the community garden to operate on a budget of $50,000.

If they are to be successful, the Yamba community garden project will need to incorporate education programs in its pitch and to contribute to other community gardens in the Clarence Valley, however Food Links funding or not, the steering committee has said it will go ahead with its dream of a Yamba community garden.

The chosen site, Wattle Park in Park Avenue, is zoned as community land under the council’s plan of management and was selected as the most appropriate site for the garden after other options, including Norfolk Park, were considered.

The first of the three-stage design consists of ten 4m x 1.5m raised beds, a hot house, compost bays, a shed with awning and tea area and mulch beds.

Stage two and three will see the creation of an additional eight beds, each making up the entire 25m x 25m community garden site.

“We’ll be looking at having water tanks attached to the sheds and drip watering systems to ensure water conservation,” Mr Jurd said.

Green Thumb?

Go along to the public meeting at Treelands Drive Community Centre on Saturday June 5 at 12.30pm to learn more about the project or to come forward with skills and knowledge you would like to contribute.



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