Like any new community project, things take time and one of the steps along the way is the opportunity for people to have their say.
MidCoast Council is seeking feedback about the proposed Gloucester Community Garden due to be constructed in Gloucester District Park.
In January, a keen group of gardeners put out a call for feedback about starting up a community garden. In July, council approved a $2000 donation for the project and, at that stage, the group was working with council on a location and a design.
The plan is to build a community-based garden serving around 50 gardeners to grow fruit, vegetables and herbs in raised wicking beds that are accessible all abilities. The group hopes the garden will provide an opportunity for like-minded people to share their knowledge and skills of gardening techniques and practices while encouraging overall social networking and community inclusion.
Council is supporting the group's use of the vacant parcel of land in-between the tennis club, pool, rugby oval and croquet court.
"We hope that this garden will be a meeting place, a welcoming place, somewhere community members of all ages, abilities and backgrounds can go and work together," council's manager of Community Spaces, Recreation and Trades, Dan Aldridge said.
"The community group has already done a fantastic job bringing this vision to life and now it's up to the wider community to get involved and tell us what they think."
With the plans completed and ready for public input, council has arranged two information sessions to be held at the Gloucester Council Chambers on Friday November 6 from 10am to 11am and Thursday November 26 from 1pm to 2pm. Two webinars will also be held for those who can't attend in person on Friday November 6 at 7pm and Thursday November 26 at 7pm. There will also be a pop-up information booth at the Gloucester Farmers Market on Saturday November 14.
It's an opportunity for members of the community to come and learn about the project, ask questions and provide feedback. There is also an opportunity for people to register their interest to be a part of the group, if the project is approved. This can be found on council's website along with a survey that can be completed about the project.
For more information, to register for the event, for the group, for a webinar or to complete the survey, visit https://www.midcoast.nsw.gov.au/Have-Your-Say/Gloucester-Community-Garden?fbclid=IwAR1JwuEm7WhaybJ3_j9Q0HMR7-mEfHjLRVPkTFbp_0UTNHGPGMI7V6j23QY