Taree Police Station upgrade forces Taree Community Garden to move from Wynter Street

Community kindness: Meet the people who quickly acted to help Taree Community Garden to prepare for its relocation (from left) Justin Hayes, Taree PCYC club manager, Peter Fowler of Manning Valley Pumps and Irrigation (seated), Tony Carolan of HQ Mini Diggers, young Liam and Shaniese Scicluna, Bill Dennis of Friends of Browns Creek-Crook Creek, Julie Scicluna of M & J Detailed Excavation and Nicole Barber of The Hooting Owl Coffee House who will provide cupcakes and lunch for volunteers who help on Saturday.
Community kindness: Meet the people who quickly acted to help Taree Community Garden to prepare for its relocation (from left) Justin Hayes, Taree PCYC club manager, Peter Fowler of Manning Valley Pumps and Irrigation (seated), Tony Carolan of HQ Mini Diggers, young Liam and Shaniese Scicluna, Bill Dennis of Friends of Browns Creek-Crook Creek, Julie Scicluna of M & J Detailed Excavation and Nicole Barber of The Hooting Owl Coffee House who will provide cupcakes and lunch for volunteers who help on Saturday.

Taree Community Garden must move to make way for construction access for the Taree Police Station makeover.

It’s a move no-one predicted, it must happen this Saturday, July 14 and the Taree Community Garden Committee is scrambling to rally an army of volunteers who will help to make light work of the enormous task of dismantling and moving all the garden infrastructure from its location in Wynter Street to its new site at Taree PCYC, and then putting it together again.

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It’s a blow to the thriving community garden in the heart of Taree and committee spokesperson, Bree Katsamangos says “we are incredibly sad we need to move, but also understand the importance of the new police station for our community and that’s not something we want to obstruct.”

The thriving Taree Community Garden must and all infrastructure must be removed to enable construction access for the Taree Police Station makeover.

The thriving Taree Community Garden must and all infrastructure must be removed to enable construction access for the Taree Police Station makeover.

“Our challenge is now the very short time frame we have to move and the limited resources we have to do it. Our budgets extend to fertiliser, seeds, and equipment maintenance not labour, trucks and machinery hire, so we need the community to support us if the garden is to have a future.”

The PCYC quickly put their hand up to offer a home to the garden and have given us a lovely piece of land with a good aspect.

Bree Katsamangos

“The site is already being prepared for the move, thanks to the kind donation of excavation work from Tony at HQ Mini Diggers and our other volunteers. But our biggest challenge will come this Saturday when we are asking the community to roll up their sleeves, bring their trailers and tools and help us dismantle and relocate our infrastructure. We are confident we can achieve this if we have the right number of hands, skills and tools.

Tony Carolan from HQ Mini Diggers volunteered his time and equipment to do site preparation works at Taree PCYC.

Tony Carolan from HQ Mini Diggers volunteered his time and equipment to do site preparation works at Taree PCYC.

“We love our garden, it has been a centre of learning and community since the day it broke ground and that’s something we want to continue.”

Bree said numerous businesses had offered help: HQ Mini Diggers, M & J Detailed Excavation, Manning Valley Pumps and Irrigation, The Hooting Owl Coffee House, Hender Massage and Gaia Nature’s Essentials. She urged businesses or trades who could offer help to contact the committee via the Taree Community Garden page on Facebook.

Work will begin at the Wynter Street site from 9am. 

This story Rallying cry for urgent help to move Taree Community Garden first appeared on Wingham Chronicle.