Article published on 26th January 2012 in the Coffs Coast Independent:


Boost for community garden a positive for all
26 Jan, 2012 01:00 AM


Steve McGrane in the Coffs Community Garden.

AS PART of the Be Natural Landcare grants program, Coffs Regional Community Gardens (CRCG) has been awarded a grant of $4460 to work on an environmental project which will see the group connecting with the local community.
A total of $125,000 has been awarded through this grants program to groups across the country to help them continue work with on-going environmental projects.

CRCG will put the funding towards a project that will restore degraded riparian vegetation at the Combine Street Reserve, thereby increasing biodiversity at the site and improving native fauna habitat. A local botanist will provide in kind support by conducting a vegetation survey of the site, documenting both the native and exotic species present, and 900 endemic species of wetland plants and trees will be planted.

Adam Curlis of CRCG believes that the funding provided through the Be Natural Landcare grants program will make a huge difference to the breadth of activities that the group will be able to undertake. “Coffs Harbour Creek is a small catchment and improvements to the water quality of the small feeding tributaries and wetlands, by restoring endemic riparian vegetation, are vital to the health of this major waterway,” Mr Curlis said.
“With this funding we will be able to source the materials needed to restore the health of Combine Street waterway and maintain it on an ongoing basis.
“The reserve has long been a recreation space for local residents who engage in activities such as walking, bird watching and playing sport, so by improving the health and biodiversity of the area, this project will undoubtedly benefit the whole community.”