Thursday, August 2, 2012

August News - Keep Australia Beautiful Award

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Keep Australia Beautiful Award

Mosman Community Gardeners has been awarded the Sustainable Garden Award for Mackie Lane Community Garden, ‘Growing Community: creating and nurturing community gardens’ project in the Keep Australia Beautiful NSW Sustainable Cities Awards 2012. 

Riverwood Community Centre and Randwick City Council were runners up. The awards were presented at the Sustainable Cities Awards dinner, hosted by Kogarah City Council and Keep Australia Beautiful NSW on Thursday night, 26th July. 

Bernie Murphy, CEO of Keep Australia Beautiful NSW, said in a media release:  “As a new category this year, Keep Australia Beautiful NSW had high expectations for entries in Sustainable Gardens and we weren’t disappointed. Many gardens across metro Sydney entered and the competition was very close." 

"These gardens are very popular at the moment and are a great place for communities to come together to learn new skills, support healthy habitats, as well as native flora and fauna which are so important in metro areas."

"The long term sustainability of our cities depends on us being able to conserve the natural environment; to live alongside it and incorporate it into our space. We warmly congratulate Mosman Community Gardens, Riverwood Community Centre and Randwick City Council for their outstanding efforts, just as we congratulate all those who entered”. 

Congratulations to everyone who worked on building Mackie Lane, with special thanks to Flicc Walsh who designed the garden and guided its construction.

Mackie Lane News
Mackie Lane is getting ready for Spring: the first of a series of special Saturday sessions has just been held, and the next is planned for Sat 25 Aug at 2pm at Mackie Lane (weather permitting). We have also recently commenced a mid-week session in the garden to which all members are welcome – Wednesday afternoons at 2pm; a quieter time to potter around and especially good for those that find Sunday afternoons a little tricky to manage.

Although the weather has been challenging over winter, Mackie Lane has continued to attract a strong and steady following on Sunday afternoons – all welcome from 3pm.  
We celebrated National Tree Planting Day (Sun 29 July) with the addition of a kaffir lime tree to Mackie Lane for all to enjoy. Sunday 12 August there will be a Worm Farm Demonstration by the Mosman Council Environment and Education Officer, Loani Tierney.

MCG is discussing the possibility of extending Mackie Lane garden with Ausgrid and Mosman Council. Our discussions have been positive and we hope to bring you more news next month.

Middle Head Garden
Gardening times as usual - Tuesdays and Sundays 3-5pm.

North Sydney Council Coal Loader Events
North Sydney Council runs a range of excellent Green events which are free and number of MCG members have been attending. Bookings can be made on line

Hope to see you at the gardens sometime.