Before the Tom Quinn Community Centre established its gardens in 2002, the area was native bushland that was largely inaccessible to the public.
In the 18 years since then, it has become a place that literally thousands of people have enjoyed.
“Everyone comments on the peaceful atmosphere and the colour,” Richard King said.
He's the centre’s manager for outreach, education and training.
“It's like looking at a fish tank, so relaxing,” Richard said.
The development of the gardens has mainly been through volunteers, with supervision from the Tom Quinn Community Centre staff.
“This wouldn't have been possible without the support of volunteers,” Richard said.
“Different volunteers have brought their ideas into the development of the garden, which means it’s continually transforming.”
In 2008 a flower and vegetable garden was established and in 2009 a cafe and bush chapel were built in the gardens.
Recent improvements have included the Harmony Garden.
“The multicultural group from the Neighbourhood Centre have established some new vegetable gardens, which are very popular.”
Richard said the key to Tom Quinn Community Centre gardens’ growth is simple.
“It's all about keeping up the water and fertiliser, and our secret ingredient, the loving care our staff and volunteers give to the gardens.”
The Tom Quinn team of staff and volunteers continually challenge themselves to improve and evolve the gardens.
“As the gardens grow and change we have plans to build a new cafe to open in 2021,” Richard said.
The Tom Quinn Community Centre gardens and cafe are open Monday to Friday from 8.30am to 1.30pm. You can find them at 8 Killer Street, Bundaberg (near Norville State Primary School).
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