In 2013 – 2014, funds were obtained from the Gambling Community Benefit Fund to allow work to commence on the community garden, established on land leased from the FCRC. Through the efforts of River Heads volunteers, garden beds, wheelchair accessible paths and a fenced enclosure were established and the garden was officially born.
Community Garden Club was formed and this meets every Tuesday at 9.00am with morning tea provided free from 10.00am. Volunteers prepare the beds for planting, plant out salad staples ready for the RHPA kitchen to use on Friday nights at the Rivers Cafe, water and weed the gardens and keep the area looking neat and tidy. If you are interested in joining the Community Garden Club, contact Billie Rustin on 4125 8165 or Joan Taylor on 4125 7800. If you can join us, that would be great! What you do depends on you and it doesn’t have to be for long (nor does it have to be on Tuesday mornings exclusively. Help our community at a time that suits you!). All assistance will be greatly appreciated.
In 2014, funding (again from the Gambling Community Benefit Fund) was obtained for a gazebo to be built in the garden precinct. Volunteers worked tirelessly to create a large, roofed gazebo which is available for function hire. The sea views from the gazebo are spectacular and the sea breezes are cool and refreshing. If you would like to book the gazebo and/or hall for private functions, contact Margaret Berrell on 0421 819 124.
Plans are underway to beautify the areas around the gazebo to make the area even more appealing. A flat lawn area on the northern side of the gazebo is proposed with retaining walls and stairs to be built. This will provide more open space for the use of patrons at private functions. The garden bed closest to the gazebo will be planted with colourful, low maintenance, perennial shrubs, such as crotons. On the southern side of the gazebo, another garden bed is being prepared for planting with frangipanis, Fraser Island creepers and more colourful shrubs. Eventually, an arbour will be built near the fruit trees with vines growing up and over it. A garden table and chairs will be placed under this.
The River Heads Community Garden is an integral part of the River Heads Progress Association – a vibrant community organisation. Next time you’re down at the hall, have a look at our garden or drop by on a Tuesday morning and have a chat with the Garden Club members. We are happy to share our garden experiences and are keen to learn from others. Make new friends and get some exercise too!