Jessica Watego and Cambell Woodfield love to get their hands dirty at the Wandal Community Garden, where there will be a free community barbecue today.
Jessica Watego and Cambell Woodfield love to get their hands dirty at the Wandal Community Garden, where there will be a free community barbecue today. Chris Ison Rokcgarden

Garden connects the community

IF YOU enjoy getting your hands dirty and making friends, Jessica Watego reckons Wandal Community Garden in Rockhampton is the place to be today.

They will hold a free barbecue at 12pm, complete with lettuce lovingly grown in their garden, as part of Celebrating and Connecting Communities week.

Best mates Jessica and fellow volunteer at the garden, Cambell Woodfield, agree the company keeps them coming back.

“I love coming here and laughing with my friends,” Jessica said.

Dee Steffen helps out around the garden and is one of the organisers of this week’s community activities, and she believes the garden is not just for green thumbs.

“It’s a great opportunity for people to get together. A lot of people don’t realise it’s here,” Dee said.

“Basically the whole week is to help people in the community connect. I’m a big believer in community and getting back to basics.”

About 20 people attended a workshop on community development on Monday and Tuesday, but for those who missed it there are many more free events this week.

For the list of activities see the box opposite.

WHAT’S HAPPENING

Today: Free community barbecue at the Wandal Community Garden on Cavell Ave from 12pm.

Tomorrow: A free introductory session on social enterprise at Rockhampton Regional Library on Bolsover St at 9am.

Tomorrow: Be Heard, free community workshop at Rockhampton Regional Library on Bolsover St at 11am.

Tomorrow: A free overview of Social and Emotional Early Development Strategy for infants and children at Rockhampton Regional Library on Bolsover St at 3.15pm.

Tomorrow: A free overview of KidsMatter initiative to improve social and emotional health and wellbeing of children, at Rockhampton Regional Library on Bolsover St at 4pm.

Friday, June 3: A free overview of the National Disability Insurance Scheme, public transport, and more at Rockhampton Regional Library on Bolsover St at 9am.



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