Gardens in danger of closing

CULTURAL gardens established by volunteers over the past 11 years in the foothills west of Mt Warning face closure as donations dry up.

Spokesman for the Mt Burrell Cultural Gardens, Johnnie Mac, has revealed a last-ditch effort at fundraising is to be held on Sunday to keep the project going.

He said the recent floods, cyclones, fires and other natural disasters as well as the global financial crisis had hit local not-for-profit community organisations, with the cultural gardens left struggling to survive.

“The corporate sector is not giving as freely as it was a few years back,” he said.

Mr Mac, a musician who has backed the gardens, also called Ganngjalah, which means “Place of Learning” in the Bundjalung language, said the fundraiser would be held from 11am to 3pm on Sunday.

He said more than 8000 native foods and medicines had been planted in the gardens and the project had built relationships with the Bundjalung community.



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