The Bundaberg & District Neighbourhood Centre celebrated its newly established Harmony Garden today at the Tom Quinn Community Centre on Killer Street.
The Neighbourhood Centre played a key role in helping people from the migrant community to establish a Harmony Garden in Bundaberg.
Thanks to the Tom Quinn Community Centre coming on board, a Harmony Garden was able to be established among the existing gardens.
The recently formed Bundaberg Multicultural Reference Group identified the Harmony Garden project as a much needed resource for the community.
This reference group, which meets once a month at the Bundaberg Neighbourhood Centre, expressed a desire to have people from all cultures come together and create sustainable gardens that produce vegetables, fruit and herbs.
There is a strong focus on planting species common to many other countries which will bring local migrants closer to feeling at home.
Bundaberg & District Neighbourhood Centre manager Corrie McColl said: “The Harmony Garden project would not have been possible without the willingness of the Tom Quinn Community Centre and multicultural reference group members committing to make this work”.
“This is a great example of how collaboration in regional centres can bring great results”, Mr McColl said.
Multicultural Reference Group chairperson, Dianne Hicks, along with the migrant settlement worker, Ranjan Morris, helped to coordinate the efforts of all involved.
Bundaberg Region Mayor Jack Dempsey attended the launch of the garden and congratulated those involved on a fantastic, community project.
“As the old saying goes, from little things big things grow and that's exactly what has happened with this garden,” he said.
“The name ‘Harmony' is the perfect fit as this special area offers a tranquil and relaxing place to visit.
“With a range of groups and nationalities involved, this project brings people together for a learning experience and promotes the benefits of sharing and caring.”
Anyone wanting to view the Harmony Garden can do so at the Tom Quinn Community Centre on Killer Street.