The Community Garden situated at the northern end of Active Park on Indigo Drive Bells Reach was a Stockland initiative, designed to promote community involvement. Stockland have supported the project with funding assistance and has arranged grants and donations to see the garden fully operational with its own water bore and solar electricity supply.
A small group has been battling the odds to keep their heads above water when managing the garden. The prime movers are Scott and Ian who arrange the leasing of the garden plots to community members and generally maintain the facility.
As Stockland begin to hand over areas such as Active Park and the Community Garden, it is then up to Council and local organizations to take over the reins. This is easy for the parks and gardens as Sunshine Coast Council takes on board the responsibility and funding of them. The Community Garden is not so lucky as it will remain up to the community to take on board the management and maintenance of the area.
One does not fully expect Stockland to just walk away from the project and leave it solely up to Scott and Ian and others to look after. Stockland have opportunities where grants can be applied for to fund community projects. Much of the cost of revamping the BeCA website came as the result of a Stockland Community Grant. And there may be other avenues for funding which can be used to assist with covering costs and funding extensions.
So the situation is this, Scott and Ian are keen to be involved with managing and developing the Bells Reach Community Garden but would love some assistance.
Many of our residents are retireds and new to the Sunshine Coast. They come from Brisbane, from farming communities, from interstate and possibly even overseas. What a great way this could be to get to meet some new people in your new home area, especially if you have a passion for gardening. But this is not just for our older residents as residents of all ages are welcome to become involved. It is anticipated community social events are to be organized to further support the community garden and foster community involvement.
If you wish to be put in contact with Scott and Ian, use the BeCA website “Contact Us” page to drop us an email with your contact details so we can pass it on to Scott and Ian.
Just click HERE.
Keep your eye on the website and the newsletter for further interesting and exciting developments on this issue. The Community Garden is an amazing community asset, one BeCA believes should be maintained and developed as a wonderful community resource.