Goulburn Community Garden
Goldsmith St Uniting Church
Goulburn District Parish
In late 2012 three friends had an idea to turn a rundown tennis court at Goulburn’s Wesley Centre (Goldsmith St Uniting Church) into a community garden. The current issue of ‘Perspective’ brings us up to date briefly with developments, with more information included here from the report by Alaine Cohen of the Interim Management Committee. Alaine also provided the photos.
During the last few months a great deal of fruitful activity has taken place at the Goulburn Community Garden. The number of garden members is now fifty and with many projects in the pipeline 2014 promises to be an exciting year. Michael Bligh, a local landscape architect has given his time to advise on how the projects can be brought together into a harmonious whole; each project adding to the overall design.
There is a perimeter bed project which includes an irrigation system to help maintain consistent watering for the trees & perennials. Funding for construction and planting was recently received from the Price Trust grant.
Goulburn Uniting Church is abuzz with excitement as it prepares for the 30th anniversary of the formation of the Uniting Church. Led by a retired minister, the Rev. Neville Guthrey, a committee is working hard to create a program that will embrace the whole community.
The prolonged drought presents the Uniting Church with challenges at all levels. While early July brought welcome rains to much of the Presbytery of Canberra Region, Goulburn remains one of the worst-hit areas of the state of New South Wales, 89 percent of which is still in drought.
“While they have a fairly positive outlook, it’s not as positive and hopeful as it would be under normal circumstances,Â‚” Goulburn minister the Rev. Norm Wakefield said of his congregations. Â‚”It (the drought) is just lying in the background all the time.”
In practical terms, the drought has hit the congregations hard economically, hurting their fundraising prospects and financial support from individuals and local businesses. It also affects day-to-day life. Under Goulburn’s stage 5 water restrictions, only 150 litres of water is allowed, per person per day. People are only washing when they have to; they are using smaller towels, not using dishwashers, and collecting water from their showers to keep alive whatever plants they can. Flowers are generally out of the question and the ladies have purchased silk flowers for the church arrangements. The situation is heartbreaking for those dedicated gardeners in the congregations.