Ocean Shores Community Garden committee members (left to right) Alex Renaud, Janice Shantz and David Hall, on the vacant block soon to be transformed.
Ocean Shores Community Garden committee members (left to right) Alex Renaud, Janice Shantz and David Hall, on the vacant block soon to be transformed.

Community garden for Ocean Shores

At present it’s an unlovely piece of vacant land at the northern end of Ocean Shores, an expanse of parched grass beside the road with just a eucalypt and the miracle of a tiny mango tree to break the monotony.

But if the dream of some determined locals comes true, it will one day soon be transformed into lush gardens bursting with vegetables and fruits of all kinds, where locals can come together to grow their own food.

“Mullumbimby has blazed the trail,” said David Hall, convenor of the Ocean Shores Community Garden committee, “and we are delighted to have the support of their community garden committee.”

So far there has been overwhelming and enthusiastic support for the plan for a community garden at Ocean Shores, from Byron Shire Council which found the vacant piece of council-owned land for them, from the adjacent pre-school and adjoining neighbours and from Ocean Shores Garden Club.

And although there are still processes to be gone through before the first sod can be turned, the committee is confident that their vision of ‘fresh organic local food for community well-being’ is one step closer.

The committee invites all interested locals to a public meeting on Tuesday, October 20, at South Golden Beach hall to discuss the plans.

At the meeting people will have the opportunity to meet the committee, as well as hear from guest speakers Graeme Williams, Council Sustainability Officer, and Jeanette Martin, from Mullumbimby Community Garden, and offer suggestions as part of the ‘visioning’ process.

The meeting is from 7pm to 9pm. Inquiries to David on 6680 4728.

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