Some of the History of the Yoorala St Community Garden Inc (YSCG Inc.) – from its early beginnings in 2008 till today.
- 2008 – Seven local residents meet at the pony club to discuss the idea of a community garden at this site. One of these 7 and another resident visit Geraldine Knapp to seek her support but she says it won’t be possible while the site is still being used by horse riders.
- Transition The Gap who are keen to support a community garden contact two of the above group. The Idea of a community garden is discussed at Transition The Gap Discussion nights and at follow up meetings.
- 11/7/2009 -Ten local residents travelled to 7 parks in The Gap to explore the preferred site for a community garden. The preference was for the old pony club with Alfred and Lucinda Best Park being the second choice.
- Three of the above group discuss the options for a community garden with Geraldine Knapp. She says the pony club is not possible but is happy to support our second choice at Alfred and Lucinda Best Park.
- Keren Sweeney from BCC Parks meets several of our group on site and agrees to its suitability
- 19/8/2009 – The idea of community garden discussed again at a Transition the Gap film night and further people interested in starting a garden come forward.
- Aug 2009 – Residents of Kernel St are approached to find out their support for a community garden in Alfred and Lucinda Best Park. Two of six households are strongly opposed with the others showing no real strong interest. All warn of possible vandalism problems.
- Nov 2009 – Several members have a positive discussion with Hilder Rd State School Principal about the possibility of a community garden in their grounds.
- 14/1/2010 – A letter is sent to The Gap garden club requesting that they act as our auspice to establish a community garden. The Club has many uncertainties about what would be involved and seeks more information.
- Feb/2010 – A group of about 10 local residents begins to meet fortnightly with the one goal of establishing a community garden in The Gap. The steering group is formed.
- 26/2/10 – Following The Gap storm, the Brisbane City Council uses the horse enclosure at the old pony club as a place to dump and mulch trees and branches from the clean up of the creek. It seems it may be a good time to revisit the possibility of the horse enclosure as a community garden. A letter sent to Geraldine Knapp asking her to reconsider her objection.
- Two of our group talk to Geraldine at the annual Boundary St Walk where she agrees to put her support behind the Pony Club site.
- 17/3/10 – Our group meets on site with Geraldine Knapp to confirm her support for the pony club site as a community garden. Keren Sweeney from BCC Parks also confirms it as a suitable site from her department’s point of view. Geraldine suggests SOWN would be a more suitable auspice for the Garden.
- Later SOWN agrees to act as our auspice for the community garden.
- April – The group applies to Brisbane City Council with the support of SOWN to get a permit to have a community garden at the Pony Club
- 17/4/2010 – several members visit 17 mile Rocks Community Garden to learn from their experience
- The group opens a bank account.
- 17/5/2010 – BCC provides a permit to have a community garden.
- 24/5/2010 – The steering group agrees on a general site plan for the garden
- A request for funds from the Gambling Community Benefit fund is submitted
- 6/6/2010 – Our first working bee is held . We start getting the herb and flower garden ready. Working bees continue every Sunday, and after a few weeks, between 15 and 20 people are coming regularly on Sundays to lend a hand. Working bees on Wednesday mornings start with between 3 and 9 people regularly attending.
- 9/6/2010- Several members visit Beelarong Community Garden to learn from their experience
- 22/6/2010 – SOWN and the community garden formalize a working relationship with a” memorandum of understanding”
- Work also begins on developing the governance rules for the garden
- July 2010 – Geraldine Knapp funds the deep ripping of the site
- We missed out on first round allocations for the gambling grant but are automatically put in to the second round
- 18/7/10 POD groups are formed and get underway. We have about 50 members at this point.
- 25/7/10- This was the day of the first round of plot allocations and 20 plots are allocated with many plot holders starting work on their plots straight away.
- The steering committee organizes a workshop by Annette McFarlane and it is attended by 25 people
- 12/12/2010- BCC via BCC support worker for community gardens supplies us 60 hardwood sleepers. BCC Cultivating Community Gardens grant of $500 for mulch and fertilizer is successful.
- Edging around the outside of the plots begins
- 17/12/2010 – we are advised that our grant application to the Gambling Community Benefit Fund of $19,329 has been successful
- 19/12/2010 – very wet Christmas party
- 20/2/2011 – all plots now taken up
- The tool shed arrives
- Communal vegie area gets underway
- Work begins on the main entry
- Trial area of fruit trees is planted
- The Group funds from its own monies the inner circle edging and work begins
- June 2011 – First birthday celebrations
- 4/7/2011 Water is finally connected to internal taps by BCC and water bubbler installed
- 5/7/2011 – About 30 members of The Gap Garden Club visit our garden for talk, tour and morning tea
- 20/7/2011 – Water tanks arrive and rolled in to position
- 31/7/2011 – our first AGM
- The garden became officially Incorporated – the garden is no longer under the auspices of SOWN
- The BCC community composting program commenced at the garden