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News Archive 2012


It is with absolute jubilation that we can announce that our community garden has been given the green light to proceed in Bunya Park!

After much deliberation, the councillors were split 7-4 with the final vote being 8-3 in favour of the DA to proceed. An amendment was also passed for the council to set up a formal reference group to assist in mediating between the various parties to help smooth out any issues that may crop up. We think this is a great idea.

The group would like send a huge thanks to all those who have continued to support us over the years and we look forward to finally getting those first plants in our brand new garden beds. In the coming weeks we will be in contact with council to determine the first steps. More news on that soon.

For now, let's take a minute to reflect on this great achievement by our group and all who have helped us along the way.

Together we will build a fantastic community garden for all of us to enjoy!

In celebration,
The WBCG Committee

2012 Christmas raffle

Tickets will be available soon for our 2012 Christmas raffle. We have some fantastic prizes this year. All proceeds from the raffle will go towards the construction of the Community Garden. Total prizes valued at $715!

First prize is an Acrylic Semi Abstract Painting (49cm x 59cm), painted and donated by Patricia Smith from Eleebana. Valued at $200. Other prizes include:

  • $50 Gift Voucher for Mac's Timber & Hardware donated by Carmen Eastlake
  • Dinner for Two at Eat @ Pippis donated by Shane Grant valued at $80
  • One Bag Hemp Garden Mulch and Eco Products donated by Stuart Carter valued at $40
  • Four Grant Burge wines + insulated bag valued at $85
  • Six Angove's FamilyWines + six fine wine glasses valued at over $80
  • One dozen mixed red & white wines by Wine Selectors valued at $180

Winning tickets will be drawn at WBCG Christmas Party, Sunday 2nd December 2012 at 2.00pm, Eat @ Pippis, Cnr. Esplanade & Main Road, Speers Point NSW 2282. Winners' names posted on WBCG website & Facebook.

October 2012 - Living Smart Festival

Council's sustainability department put on another great event this year. Our stall was the best ever! Our customers offered friendly support and encouraged us to keep going until we get a YES from LMCC.

Thank you to all who contributed towards making our stall a huge success. WBCG members were involved with growing seedlings and grassheads, making newspaper pots, collecting milk bottles, making milk bottle baskets, organising greenhouse seedlings, volunteering on our stall and transporting seedlings.

Thank you LMCC for transporting and assisting with our teepee at the park.


Bunnings Donation

Bunnings Belmont have generously donated a Can-O-Worms worm farm to be part of our lucky ticket prize at the upcoming Living Smart Festival at Speers Point.


  • Can-o-worms is an odourless, user friendly composting system, that allows anyone to participate in recycling
  • Because it is odourless, the unit can be stored indoor or outside. Ideal for apartment living
  • There are fly proof vents on the lid
  • 2 tiers
  • Special vents built into the top of the leg cavity allows air to flow through the unit

August 2012 - Womens Refuge Working Bee

WBCG conducted a working bee at a local refuge for women and children. The refuge is establishing an edible garden for the children to help them to learn and understand the benefits of gardening and growing their own fruit , vegetables and herbs. The aim is to create a harmonious , productive environment that is sustainable year to year.

Thank you to the staff for making WBCG feel so welcome and for providing the delicious sausage sizzle.

For more pictures taken on the day, visit our photo gallery.

July 2012 - Greenhouse Relocation

A greenhouse was generously donated to WBCG by Ben Henley and the group conducted a working bee to relocate it from Charlestown to a central location in Warners Bay. Thank you to Amir & Jenny for providing the location.

The greenhouse will be used to raise seedlings to sell at our regular market stalls and festivals.

May 2012 - JobQuest Programme - Mayfield

WBCG Volunteers are continuing to work at Mayfield, supporting the JobQuest Garden Programme for disadvantaged and disabled children.

April 2012 - WB High School Job Quest Programme

In February 2012, Warners Bay Community Garden was invited to participate in a Warners Bay High School and JobQuest Programme to encourage students as they learned to build and tend a garden. The programme ran each Tuesday afternoon for several weeks and involved students from years 9, 10 and 11. The programme was an outstanding success and was a fantastic opportunity for the students, the school and the community garden group to share knowledge about various aspects of gardening such as species selection, plot construction and planting methods.

In early February the students visited the Belmont Community Garden to start to gather ideas about what sort of garden they would like to build. Ideas about the types of plants they would like to grow were discussed and many of the students showed great enthusiasm to get started.

Over the following weeks the students built the garden bed and filled with newspaper, organic garden soil and cow manure.

Thank you to our regular volunteers Carmen, Trish Jarvie, Trish Smith, Rob and Val Cambourn, Ian and Kathleen Basman for their help and attendance at every gardening session. Performing volunteer work during business hours is very demanding and the WBCG group would like to thank you for your dedication.

March 2012 - DA Submitted to LMCC

The Development Application (DA) for our community garden was officially submitted to Lake Macquarie City Council on the 6th March 2012.

The group have risen to the challenge and presented council with an extremely detailed and exciting vision of what we're proposing. The full DA contains a Statement of Environmental Effects (SEE) and will soon be available for public viewing on the council website. For those looking for the "Reader's Digest" version, we have provided an overview of the plans on our website (click here for details).

The Garden will be built in two stages, subject to the approval conditions of Council and the capacity and resources of the Group. It is expected that the content of the Garden and some aspects of the layout of the Garden be allowed to evolve naturally over time as a different mix of community members become involved in the project.

The full DA is available for public inspection on the LMCC website.

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