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Community & Business

3 March, 2023

Gilgandra Community Garden update

Due to the drying weather and lack of water access, the Gilgandra Community Garden planting is currently on hold.

By Emily Middleton

Nearby the garden, council has begun work digging a channel for water access. Gilgandra Community Garden committee member Jennie White says until the weather cools and the taps go in, the garden’s movement will be slow.

“We want the community to know that it’s not neglected, it’s just really hot, and until we have the water access, we don’t want anything to die,” she said.

Last week, the committee ventured to Coonabarabran for their community garden stall. Mrs White said it is still early days for them yet, but it was good to get some ideas. Next week, Mrs White will be attended the interagency meeting, where she will talk about the community garden and gauge input from other agencies.

“If the Primary Health Network are there, maybe we can work out something or some program that might be good to do with reducing obesity and health eating, or if the preschool is there, we want to do a collaboration with the pre-schoolers when we get the plants with maybe making a scarecrow or something like that,” she said.

Next on the agenda, some wooden fencing will be relocated to the back of the community garden tanks, to give the garden a nice rustic backdrop. In the meantime, Mrs White has said that the committee is waiting for news on a grant they applied for, that will help build the shed to house tools and other necessities.

But for now, the garden is being mulched, and the committee are patiently waiting for the cooler weather.

“We’re aiming for April planting, hopefully!”

A fundraiser for the garden is also in the works.

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