News

Community garden powers up

John Jessup (left) from Lismore Community Garden and Nick Lake from Nickle Energy like the feel of solar power.
John Jessup (left) from Lismore Community Garden and Nick Lake from Nickle Energy like the feel of solar power.

The Lismore Community Garden runs off the sun. All gardens do.

The volunteers help, of course, but the driving force for this community project on the corner of Brewster and Magellan Streets is sunlight.

Now, the sun is also providing lighting and power for the on-site shed/office.

Nickel Energy, a local solar energy company, has donated a complete solar system to the Lismore Community Garden. That includes panels, batteries, regulator, inverter and installation.

“It’s a perfect fit for us,” Nickel Energy’s Nick Lake said. “It’s about sustainability and community resilience. We have a community education team and this is the place to hold talks about renewable technology and sustainability.”

Carla Tipping is the garden designer and directs the garden’s development. She’s delighted by the addition of solar power.

“It’s a sustainable technology – which is the whole point of this place.”

The new solar system even supports an electric fridge which is much appreciated by the band of hard-working volunteers.

“It’s fabulous,” Terry Lawrence declared as she walked in from the garden with a bowl of freshly-picked greens and cherry tomatoes. “We can get cold from the sun! I’m making ice for drinks…”

Terry is president of Rainbow Region Community Farms, which oversees the Lismore Community Garden.

“This (the Lismore Community Garden) is one of our projects,” she said. “We also assist people with neighbourhood gardens.”

The community garden is open six days a week and provides people with experience in garden design, growth and management as well as food, flowers and fun. Individuals and groups can become involved and cultivate garden beds.

“We like to work with local businesses too,” volunteer John Jessup said. “Gardens are for the whole community. We even have outreach programs to help older people with their backyard gardens.”

To celebrate the Lismore Community Garden going solar there’s a party at the garden (a solarbration?) this Saturday morning, April 9, from 10am to 1pm. The garden will host children’s activities, and there will be refreshments, music, a light lunch and guest speakers.

It’s a chance to see our community garden, meet the volunteers and maybe even become involved in some way.

For more info phone Terry on 6622 1568 or visit the website www.rrcf.org.au.


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

It is all a plot in the reptile world

Dr Airdre Grant  is the writer of the column, Veranda Talk, in  The Lismore Echo.

Questions raised over who really rules us

Radio Rentals finds 2.5m carpet python

DOZING OFF: This 2.5m carpet python was found snoozing in Goonellabah.

Snake finds warm place amongst computer equipment

'Shark' needs help

Bullshark with a volunteer carer from the Animal Rights & Rescue Group.

Young dog showing signs of distress

Local Partners

Answer The Salvos knock for help

Salvation Army is calling for volunteers and funds to help with its annual Red Shield Appeal

First female superhero film in 12 years

AMAZON: Actress Gal Gadot in a scene from the film Wonder Woman.

Wonder Woman opens next Thursday

What to expect at Birds of Tokyo's Ipswich gig

The band will perform at the Racehorse Hotel on Friday.

BAND member Glen Sarangapany talks music, pub grub and doing shoeys

Pauly puts stereo back into stereotypes

PAULY: Paul Fenech is a comedian of Maltese and Aboriginal descent.

'A bourbon-fuelled bogan subwoofer bonanza of comedy.'

MOVIE REVIEW: King Arthur - Legend of the Sword

Why the critics have got Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur all wrong.

Concert death toll revised up to 22, tour suspended

There have been multiple confirmed deaths after 'explosions' heard at Ariana Grande concert in Manchester

"We saw blood on people when we got outside."

Nattali Rize at the top of the charts

ARTIST: Australian reggae artist Nattali Rize has Native American and Samoan roots and lives between Byron Bay, Cairns and Jamaica.

Her debut album hit the top at the Global Reggae Charts

Casual Keanu says fame is ‘cool’

Keanu Reeves in a scene from the movie John Wick: Chapter 2.

NOBODY expected much of John Wick when it was released in 2014.

Ariana Grande breaks her silence after fatal blast

According to reports quoting witnesses, a mass emergency evacuation was prompted after explosions were heard at the end of US singer Ariana Grande's concert in the arena.

The entertainment industry is in shock after attack on concert

Pitch Perfect star suing Woman’s Day over ‘liar’ articles

Actor Rebel Wilson outside court on Friday.

REBEL Wilson's career destroyed by grubby campaign, court hears.

First female superhero film in 12 years

AMAZON: Actress Gal Gadot in a scene from the film Wonder Woman.

Wonder Woman opens next Thursday

One of Maryborough's most historic homes is still for sale

FULL OF HISTORY: Trisha Moulds is owner of the historic Tinana state known as Rosehill. The beautiful home is currently for sale.

It has been the scene of both joy and tragedies over the years.

The face of the Sunshine Coast's overpriced rental crisis

Alyx Wilson had to rent a $385 unit in Currimundi because the market was too competitive for cheaper rental housing. She is now renting a room from friends who own a house in Currimundi, and says its much more affordable.

Young people feel the strain in competitive, expensive rental market

WATCH: Take a tour of a tradie's dream home

5a Bruce Hiskens Court, Norman Gardens, going for $720,000. INSET: Lea Taylor.

Huge block with potential for anything

REVEALED: Where it's cheaper to pay off a mortgage than rent

6/190 Ewing Rd, Woodridge, is listed for offers $215,000. Picture: realestate.com.au

Brisbane suburbs where it is cheaper to buy than rent

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!