After many applications and requests for Council vacant land within the township for the establishment of our Community Garden, which were all unsuccessful, members of the Sandy Point Community Group committee finally identified a suitable space to accommodate 4 – 6 wicking beds within the boundaries of the Community play park on the corner of Ocean View Parade and Surfers Walk.
We submitted an application to Council and Council has now approved our application. We have also recently heard that we have been successful in our 2 applications for grants.
These grants will enable us to buy all the necessary equipment and tools and also to commence construction of the wicking beds.
It has been decided that we will be able to construct 3 beds, approximately 2 metres long and 1 metre wide, in the space provided by the Council.
We’re hoping to start work on this soon and will keep you posted via our newsletter on the development of the Garden.
If you’d like to be involved please contact either Doug or Liz Brown on 0438 447 667 or by emailing
More information about our community garden
The community garden would take the form of wicking beds; therefore, enhancing manageability, minimising space required, avoiding impact and contamination of the area, while optimising productivity.
A range of existing resources will be drawn upon to establish and manage the community garden, including the Sandy Point Community Group, Men’s Shed, Narkabundah Wild Flower Nursery and local residents who have expressed a commitment to supporting a community garden as part of a more holistic sustainable lifestyle.
The ethos behind this is to attract like-minded plant growing enthusiasts to get together to create a food producing hub that the whole community, kids included, can share, learn and enjoy.
A wicking bed is free-standing, fully contained raised garden bed with a water reservoir below the level of soil. Water is drawn up from the reservoir to the soil above through a capillary or wicking action.
Moisture level in the soil is maintained at a constant rate over an extended period of time, minimising the need to add water whilst distributing moisture and providing better growing conditions for plants.
Benefits to wicking beds:
An example of a wicking bed system is illustrated in the diagram.