Ballina Community Garden


December 2011 – Official Opening Day – Mayor of Ballina Shire, Phil Silver performed the official opening of the garden on 4 December 2011.  First AGM of the Ballina Community Gardens Inc. held on 7 December 2011.

October 2011 – Construction of rental garden beds commences.  Delivery and installation of water tank.  Tool shed (shipping container) kindly donated by Eggins Homes arrives on site.

September 2011 – Planting of the first fruit tree (Washington Navel orange) on the site.  Construction of retaining wall completed, enabling the construction of additional garden beds.

August 2011 – Construction of the internal spine road and footings for retaining wall on eastern boundary commenced. Clubhouse (Ranbuild shed) completed. Internal irrigation installed.

July 2011 – First working bee on site, involving the construction of the first community garden beds.  Manager and staff of Suncorp (Ballina Branch) presented the gardens with a donation of $500 as part of supporting local community projects.  Following working bees on 24th and 31st July the first 5 beds were completed.

June 2011 – First open day on site. Display for garden plan, sausage sizzle and raffle held on site to celebrate gaining site access and the beginning of development.

May 2011 – Land swap concluded and site made available as a community garden.  Site pegged out.Funding support provided by the Northern Rivers Food Links Project of approximately $30,000.  Site fence erected.

June 2010 – An on-site meeting was held, on 20 June 2010, inviting interested residents to have a look at the proposed site and fill in survey forms of what they would like to get out of the garden.  A meeting was held, on 30 June 2010, to form an incorporated association to manage the garden, and a management committee was established.  Planning for the layout of the garden commenced.

pre-June 2010  – A potential site was identified with the help of Ballina Council’s Open Space and Reserves Manager, on the corner of Swift Street and Clarence Street in Ballina, between Fripp Oval and Saunders Oval.  The availability of the site depended, however, on a land swap occurring between the North Coast Institute of TAFE and Ballina Shire Council (on behalf of the Crown).