Kooralbyn Community Group celebrates community garden opening

THE Kooralbyn Community Group held a garage sale last weekend to coincide with the official opening of the Kooralbyn Community Garden.

KCG president Adrian Sandell said the garage sale featured furniture, white goods, power tools and bric-a-brac donated to the local op shop, with some items given a new lease on life by members of the Men's Shed.

"We also had Bendigo pottery items, filing cabinets, a tool trolley and a fish tank," he said.

Also on offer were log stumps donated after several trees were felled at Cryna.

"I was told there was a story behind those trees, French maritime pines from 33 that had been planted to commemorate those locals who lost their lives during WWI," Mr Sandell said.

"We sold a few of them for $10 each to people who will use them as seating around a fire pit.

"We also had timber slabs to make table tops that sold along with the log stumps, and we had a few people who showed an interest and put in orders.

"We managed to raise $1600 on the day and with future orders should make over $2000."

Mr Sandell said the funds would help the Men's Shed fulfil a lease commitment with the Kooralbyn Valley resort, which owns the land where the Men's Shed and Community Garden are locate.

"Under the terms of the lease we have to pay the cost of installing mains power to the Men's Shed as well as to showers and toilets the resort owner wants for a planned caravan and camping ground," he said.

Mr Sandell said the KCG was also seeking volunteers for the Community Garden, which was officially opened on Saturday by Scenic Rim Deputy Mayor Michael Enright in a ribbon cutting ceremony.

"The garden is about producing vegetables and herbs that can be sold to the community but also about getting like minded people together to share their ideas and passion with gardening," he said.

"This is especially of benefit to people who live in units and don't have their own gardens to potter around."

Mr Sandell said several French maritime pine log stumps were still available.

Anyone interested in buying one or taking part in the Kooralbyn Community Garden project could drop into the Men's Shed on Routley Drive between 8am and 1pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays or call Adrian Sandell on 0408 788 859.

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