The future management and maintenance of the popular green hub in the award-winning Fitzgibbon Chase residential community has officially been handed over to the operators of the community centre.
Member for Sandgate, Stirling Hinchliffe, said the successful community garden provides locals with a fantastic focal point to live, learn and thrive together in their community.
“The Fitzgibbon Community Centre will be responsible for the nearly 4500-metre square parcel of land that encompasses the edible and sensory garden and surrounding green space,” he said.
“Residents are encouraged to become members of the community garden and to plant their own vegetables, herbs and citrus trees.
“In time, and with the excellent management of the centre and the greater community, the green space could lend itself to more garden beds with plenty of room for expansion.”
The community garden was established in 2011 and has been a popular hub within the community with residents playing an integral role in its design and development.
Director of Fitzgibbon Community Centre Kevin Rouse said rather than going out with their own design Economic Development Queensland asked the residents to nominate what they wanted from a community garden.
“The garden began to take shape with Economic Development Queensland donating timber for the first garden beds and a volunteer group of several dedicated residents, known locally as the ‘green team’, was formed to tend the garden,” Mr Rouse said.
“The team also works on a range of broader sustainability initiatives within the estate and the centre will continue to provide a place for residents with collective interests and goals to come together.”
The Fitzgibbon Community Centre is made up of three local not-for-profit organisations, comprising of Burnie Brae, Jabiru and the Sandgate and Bracken Ridge Action Group, who offer opportunities for residents to connect to a range of training and employment supports and social enterprise activities.
Fitzgibbon Chase has won several development awards including the 2017 Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA Qld) award for Residential Subdivision.
Set amidst natural bushland on a 122-hectare site, Fitzgibbon Chase offers an idyllic lifestyle.
According to independent research conducted for Economic Development Queensland 92 per cent of residents would recommend living at Fitzgibbon Chase to others.
The final stage of Fitzgibbon Chase is The Nest, a mix of residential, retail, child care centre and commercial opportunities in the heart of Fitzgibbon Chase that will offer a local destination for residents to meet, shop and dine upon its completion midyear.
Once complete the Fitzgibbon Chase estate will be home to approximately 3,000 people
For further details www.fitzgibbonchase.com.au