Meeting a chance to have your say

Following The Echos front page story last week on the community garden planned by Rainbow Region Community Farms, committee member Dan Hamilton says the organisation has received a few phone calls from local residents concerned about the proposal.

While Elizabeth Gardens is only a potential site at this stage, Dan said if the group was successful in obtaining the land the upper part of the park would definitely be retained as an off-leash dog area.

He said this Saturdays community meeting is part of a thorough community consultation process and urged anyone with something to say, positive or negative, to go along and have their say.

One suggestion was that a small garden be established as a trial for three months before a full commitment is made to develop any site we think thats a great idea, said Dan. We really want people to be aware that at this stage the community garden is only a proposal and were looking for feedback before anything goes ahead. We encourage people to come and tell us what they think, share ideas or voice their concerns.

The public meeting is on this Saturday, February 9, at 11am at the Red Dove Centre in Keen Street, Lismore. At the meeting there will be several displays and videos and people can also view a draft concept plan for the community garden and give input. It is also available from the website www.communityfarms.rainbowregion.com.

For more information phone Dan on 0434 455 530.


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