About Southern Beaches Community Garden
The origins of the Southern Beaches Community Garden dates back to July of 2009…
When a group of motivated local residents organised to develop a community garden on the southern end of the Gold Coast.
It wasn’t easy.
It would take a lot of determination and hard work. Work that revolved around:
Numerous public meetings, a visioning workshop, consultation with local residents…
Support from local businesses and the allocation of a suitable site at Tugun…
Before finally securing divisional funding by Councillor Chris Robbins.
Only then was there finally enough momentum to get the garden off the ground.
The Southern Beaches Community Garden was finally born with Incorporation achieved on 15th January 2010. Regular ‘working bees’ followed suit from August 2010.
The premises were awarded a lease from GCCC on 1st July 2011 for five years. The Lease was again approved by GCCC to continue from 1st July 2016 for another five years.
Today, SBCG membership fluctuates between 80-100 members.
They are members whose jobs revolve around far more than only tending to their respective garden plots.
They also maintain the garden grounds and facilities, participate in community volunteer projects, and donate their time for periodic hands-on, how-to demonstrations at the garden.
It’s all a part of the SBCG vision. A vision that sees members striving to create a safe place to grow food and flowers using sustainable practices. Along with doing their best to promote social harmony and inclusion through community capacity building.