The Shara Community Gardens in South Golden Beach are set to grow, thanks to a $10,000 donation from Splendour in the Grass organisers after the second festival held at North Byron Parklands, Yelgun, last month.
Over $375,000 has been splashed at community groups over the past 14 years, say organisers buoyed by the success of the second event, and this year’s amount totals $27,500.
Shara Community Gardens’ spokesperson Dee Wakefield says, ‘This grant is vital in further establishing the gardens as a community hub and to provide a much needed social meeting place to one of the biggest demographics in this area: families with children.’
Ms Wakefield says improvements will include a new children’s playground, including a seesaw, balancing structures and shaded sandpit, and even a cob pizza oven.
Splendour in the Grass co-producers Jessica Ducrou and Paul Piticco said, ‘We are so happy to be able to support these very worthy local organisations.
‘Splendour has a long history of implementing green initiatives and we are very excited to partner with Shara Community Gardens to provide some much-needed infrastructure for what has become a really important meeting and education space for our local community.
‘We’ll be waiting for our invite for pizza!’ they said.
Other beneficiaries this year include $5,000 for the Ocean Shores Public School music program partnership ($25,000 over five years), $5,000 for Brunswick Valley Landcare, $5,000 for Brunswick Valley Rescue and $2,500 for The Training Station partnership with Mullumbimby Music Festival.