Community Solutions’ Eastbank Edible Garden has been awarded with a prestigious Health and Happiness Award in recognition of its contribution towards quality of life and encouragement of environmental interaction.

edible gardens awardCommunity Solutions’ Eastbank Edible Garden has been awarded with a prestigious Health and Happiness Award in recognition of its contribution towards quality of life and encouragement of environmental interaction.

Presented at Pomona’s Majestic Theatre on 28 October, the Health and Happiness Award was the major honour at the annual Healthy Towns presentation. The award seeks to recognise programs that align with the Healthy Towns principles of connecting local people to the happiness of their town; building on the strengths and resources of their town; and focusing on areas with the greatest need.

The Eastbank Edible Garden was also a finalist in the Connections between people award, which recognises projects that bring people together, increase social connections and provide a sense of belonging within the community.

Community Solutions’ Health and Wellbeing Manager Tendai Dawkins said the award was fabulous recognition, as it aligned closely with Community Solutions’ goals in developing the garden.

“The Eastbank Edible Garden was established by Community Solutions in 2012 as a purpose-built facility to encourage education, environmental appreciation and social interaction,” she said.

“Utilising sustainable practices aligned with the principles of permaculture, the Eastbank Edible Garden has been designed for disability access and includes a dedicated training shelter for the delivery of training.”

edible gardens awardMrs Dawkins said the garden is accessed on a regular basis by students from Kawana State Primary School, Horticulture Apprentices and Trainees, Community Solutions’ service recipients, Endeavour Foundation clients and volunteers.

“We have also delivered a number of free gardening workshops for interested community members, and these have  aimed to promote healthy eating practices, physical activity and greater community connectedness,” she said.

“These workshops have varied from one to six weeks in length and have been very well received.”

Established in 1998, Community Solutions is a community business providing an innovative and diverse range of employment, apprenticeship and traineeship, youth and health and wellbeing services to support individuals, families and communities throughout regional Queensland.

For more information visit the Eastbank Edible Garden’s Facebook Page