Brisbane City Council is providing a helping hand to keep community gardens flourishing in Sunnybank Hills and Runcorn as part of this year’s Cultivating Community Gardens Grants program.
Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said nearly $38,000 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.”
The projects being supported as part of this year’s program area:
- Sunnybank Uniting Church will receive $2,252 for the maintenance of the existing Sunnybank Uniting Community Garden, Sunnybank Hills. The Sunnybank Uniting Community Garden provides a space where the community can enjoy gardening, learn skills, socialise and grow organic food and flowers to share with the local community.
- Kyabra Community Association Inc. will receive $1,383 for the installation of raised garden beds at the existing Kyabra Street Community Gardens, Runcorn. Established in 1983, the Kyabra Community Association works with the community to strengthen family and community life via various programs and support services including the community garden.
Local Councillor Kim Marx said the funding would provide a healthy boost to the local area and enhance community spirit.
“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.