Tuesday, 06 February 2018 11:02


Brisbane City Council is providing a helping hand to keep community gardens flourishing at Kyabra Community Gardens as part of this year’s Cultivating Community Gardens Grants program. Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said $40,000 was being shared across 18 Brisbane community groups to preserve and enhance community gardens in their local area.

“Community gardens provide a wonderful opportunity for like-minded green thumbs to work collectively for the benefit of a cleaner, greener and more sustainable Brisbane,” Cr Quirk said.

“The gardens also provide a wonderful social activity for local interest groups, providing residents with places to meet and grow healthy food in their neighbourhoods, and helping to build stronger, more cohesive communities.

“Every day, Brisbane City Council works with residents and local communities to help make our city what it is today with a long-term vision for the future.”

The projects being supported as part of this year’s program area is Kyabra Community Gardens Runcorn in the amount of $2,261 for Orchard Retaining Walls. This will be used for an established 140 sqm fruit tree orchard is currently susceptible to soil erosion and runoff. To remedy this, a non-CCA treated retaining wall with galvanised supports will be constructed

Councillor Kim Marx said the funding would encourage more people to get involved in their local community while promoting to importance of thinking clean, green and sustainable.

“Council is committed to supporting local non-profit community-based groups and organisations to establish and maintain community gardens on Council-owned and other land,” she said.

A total of $375,000 has been allocated through the Lord Mayor’s Community Sustainability and Environmental Grants Program 2017-18 through three sub categories: Environmental Grants, Native Wildlife Carer Grants and Cultivating Community Gardens Grants.

For more information on Cultivating Community Gardens Grants, visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au or call Council on (07) 3403 8888.