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Australia: Community garden at Queanbeyan Railway Station

Katrina Willis tends the strawberry beds at the railway park organic community garden. Photo: Karleen Minney.

A dozen members attend monthly working bees to manage the composting system and worm farm, water and weed common beds, followed by morning tea

By Susan Parsons
The Age
January 24 2017


Down near Queanbeyan Railway Station there is a community garden filled with vegetables, berries, fruit trees, herbs and flowers.

In 2002 the Railway Park Organic Community Garden opened as part of the design for a new park on the old railway goods yard in Queanbeyan. The idea came to life through the energy of a few neighbourhood residents and, for some years, it was supported by and part of the Canberra Organic Growers Society.

A decade later, following a grant under the NSW Environment Trust’s ‘sustaining our towns’ project, the Queanbeyan Sustainability Group signed a five-year lease with the city council to reinvigorate the community garden under local management.

Led by local builder, George Whish of Ariston Building Services, and his family, volunteers built a pergola which provides a shady meeting place, storage and roof catchment to collect rainwater in two 4,000 litre tanks.

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