Kialla Children’s Centre community garden opens

By Madeleine Byron

Kialla Children’s Centre put roots into new soil with the official opening of its community garden yesterday.

The celebration took place after two years of planning and generous donations to assist with fencing, outdoor furniture, planter boxes and a home for a family of chickens.

Centre co-ordinator Tara Jeffery said the project had become a reality thanks to the generosity of Kialla residents.

‘‘We’re super excited and we’ve been very fortunate to get a number of grants from various agencies including a $10000 grant from The Community Fund Goulburn Valley,’’ Ms Jeffery said.

The Scali, Iaria and Adornato families, Russcycled Timber Products and TGS businesses, Cindy Kelly and Troy Firebrace all contributed to the completion of the garden.

Ms Jeffery said the children contributed to the garden with the creation of scarecrows to protect the home-grown produce.

‘‘The garden has created a space where the children can come and learn about indigenous culture and also learn about sustainability,’’ she said.

‘‘It’s a great way to get the kids out in the garden, growing their own fruit and veg, which they will take back into the kitchen to prepare their own snacks and meals.’’

Centre Committee of Management president Trish McKenzie thanked the centre staff and past and present committee members who contributed to the establishment of the garden.

‘‘Your time and skills have helped make this happen,’’ Ms McKenzie said.

‘‘Whether that be cooking sausages at the Bunnings barbecue, selling chocolates or baking goods for bake stalls, every dollar has helped contribute to something in this garden.’’