Dec. 19, 2017

Randwick Mayor thanks PermaBees and the Green Gym team

Story and photo by Russ Grayson, 17 December 2017

SO MUCH gets done by volunteers in this country, and yesterday it was time to recognise the contribution they have made to the Permaculture Interpretive Garden at Randwick Community Centre.

That’s why a total of 18 volunteers from the Garden’s PermaBee volunteer crew, participants in the Australian Conservation Volunteers (ACV) Green Gym, a public health and nature conservation initiative which uses the garden. Also attending were a couple of ACV and council staff, with a total of 27 people gathered around the long table in the classroom on the commons for a lunch of tasty organic food and to receive a thank-you from Randwick Mayor, Cr Lindsay Shurey (Greens). 

The event started with the volunteers telling the mayor who they were and why they were involved. Cr Shurey then spoke of the value volunteers bring and took a tour of the kitchen garden, the food forest and the Habitat and Wild Food Trails presently under development. 

It was encouraging for the volunteers to have the mayor acknowledge their work and tour the site to see progress being made on the development of what has become the regional educational facility focused on skilling-up communities in resiliency skills. 

The conversion of the site from low grade lawn to a multiple purpose regional park is based around permaculture design concepts and has involved the work of professional permaculture designers, landscape architect Steve Batley and architect Terry Bail. 

The PermaBee volunteer project was launched by Randwick Council sustainability educator, Fiona Campbell, as an informal horticultural learning opportunity and to create a venue for social contact for Randwick people. Guided by landscape designer/horticultural educator/permaculture designer Emma Daniell, horticultural educator, Jon Kingston, and landscape architect/permaculture educator, Steve Batley, Permabee volunteers assist in maintaining the garden at the same time they participate in a new opportunity in public participation in public land.


Photo below:

Landcape architect Steve Batley and garden volunteer Chani with a couple bucket loads of sweet potato volunteers harvested from the garden. The potatoes were taken by the volunteers.

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