Open Day Fun

We had a great time at our Open Day on September 23rd. Thanks to everyone who attended.

We would also like to send our sincere thanks to Peter Button for welcoming us on behalf of the Dharawal custodians of the land, and for his music.

Thanks to all of the other musicians who donated their time:

  • The Emma Kelley Trio: Bertie Mcmahon on bass, Patrick Kell on keys, Emma on Sax
  • Rockin’ Russ and Josh Smith (thanks Josh too for being the super-roadie! and thanks to a local Hotel  for loaning sound equipment)
  • China and his band:  China Pingnam bass, Andy Matthews guitar/vocals, Dave Deeds  drums

We would also like to thank the local businesses who donated bread rolls and sausages for our barbeque, and plants and tools for our herb spiral and garden.

And a huge thankyou also to our marvelous neighbours Anne and Trevor for donating the electricity and putting up with us – not just on the open day, but 24/7 supporters and guardians of our garden!

The materials for the herb spirals – the lucerne, straw, hay and cow manure – were purchased for us by Wollongong Council from a fund allocated to helping purchase resources for Wollongong community gardens. And huge thanks in particular to Vanessa John for not only informing us of this funding opportunity, but purchasing and arranging delivery of the materials direct to our site.

And last but not least the hard-working members of the Thirroul Gardeners (you know who you are! But a special shout out to event organizers including Kazie, Kade, Paul, Robert, Camille, Paddy, Julie, Jenny, Vicki, Alex, Colin, THANKS!) and their friends and family (Maree! Pete!, Mark, Yoshie, Karen!, Peter, Lisa, Lani, Stuart, and more!) who worked so hard to make this happen.

Photos by Camille


Get involved – Join A Garden Sub-committee

Spring is here there’s plenty to do, so its time to get some more hands on deck.

Now we have Team Leaders for our sub-committees we need you to get involved with an area of garden development that interests you.

If you live in the local area and neighbouring suburbs of Thirroul and would like to be involved in the grassroots development of the garden then please join one of the sub-committees below by emailing your details to :

Sub-Committee                               Team Leader

Fundraising and Events                                Kazie Bent

Bushcare                                                             Vicki Marchant

Water                                                                    Ian Miles

Documentation and Arts                              Camille Favoloro

Soil Health/ Compost                                    Paddy Lane 

Site Co-ordinator                                             Robert Haley

Education                                                            Paddy Lane

Communications and social media          Julie Reed 

Structures                                                           Andrew Saunders

OPEN DAY! Spread the Word!

Woo- hoo! We’re having a launch, and what better way to celebrate than with a GARDEN PARTY!

Please download the flyer, and spread it far and wide! Please come along, celebrate the spring equinox and launch our garden! There’ll be food, drink, music, planting, painting and celebrations aplenty. Join up if you haven’t already.

If you can donate time, materials, plants, worms, compost,  love and/or energy to the cause, please contact us! Please take a look at the materials and plant list HERE.


See you at the garden, on the spring equinox!

Here following is the content of the flyer, which you can also download here.

 You are invited to join us in celebration and activity to launch the birth of the

Thirroul Community Garden

Open Day  Launch

Corner of LH Drive & High Street, Thirroul

23 September 2012

10am – 2pm

 Help us Build our first Permaculture Garden

& Herb Spiral

Sausage Sizzle | Cake Stall | Entertainment


Gold coin donation

Plant and/or seed donations welcome

 Become a member on the day or  through Thirroul Neighbourhood Center at the Thirroul Community Center

For more information :

or email

UPDATE – August – September 2012

Hello Gardeners,

August 26th saw a group of keen participants meet to discuss the garden site plan and plants ideas for the Southern half of our very extensive site at High St Reserve.
We now own and will soon erect an under cover area, called a Cola along with 2 water collection tanks due to be installed by end September all funded by a Government Grant.
There is much to get started and completed as we have set ourselves a target date of September 23rd Spring Equinox for an Open Day at the site with ceremonial garden bed building and planting. There are plans for food and a cake stall and please let us know if you can donate a cake or some time to help out. More info on this will be supplied in the coming weeks.
The aim is to build 3 herb spirals on the day – donations of materials and herb seedlings very much appreciated.
Please come along and meet the crew who have been working so very hard at getting this garden ” in the ground”. Information about memberships, Garden design and future activities will be available on the day, with committee members happy to talk about their experience and expectations of the Thirroul Community Garden Project.
Please take a look at some new pages listed here on the blog that show some of the work we have accomplished this month and also information about upcoming projects. We really need volunteers and new members to come on board to help make the garden a success. There is a lot to do and doing it together helps bond friendships and community.
Whats new under:
Planning and Design – Garden Design Plans, Stages Schedule, Materials List for Herb Spirals
Plant Notes – Ground Plan Plant List
ON SITE Every Sunday 9.30am – What you need to know
Regional Sustainability – Events and Education in the Region
Events – OPEN DAY September 22nd 2012

AGM Meeting Minutes July 29 2012

Better Late then never –

Click below to view PDF

AGM Minutes July 29 2012 

These are the new Committee Members and Sub-committee Officers:

Secretary                                                             Fiona Chanter 

Treasurer                                                            Paul Harradence

Chairperson                                                       Julie Reed

Fundraising and Events                                  Kazie Bent

Bushcare                                                             Vicki Marchant

Membership and Database                         Greg Robinson

Water                                                                    Ian Miles

(Greg Wilms and Colin La Flamme to assist)

Documentation and Arts                              Camille Favoloro

Soil Health/ Compost                                    Paddy Lane (Jenny Johnson)

Site Co-ordinator                                             Robert Haley

(coordinates planting, propagation )

Education                                                            Paddy Lane(Kaz assist)

Communications and social media          Julie Reed (Vicki Marchant to assist)

Structures                                                           Andrew Saunders

Film and Curry Night on Sunday October 23

Flame Tree Community Food Co-Op and Thirroul Community Gardeners invite you to a fundraising Film and Curry Night on Sunday October 23.

Film: The Greenhorns
‘Emblematic of the wonderfully tangible but somewhat invisible youth farming movement, The Greenhorns documentary film, explores the lives of America’s young farming community – its spirit, practices, and needs. The Greenhorns is a delight to watch, an inspiration, and a guide back to the future.‘ LC

Time: Food from 6 pm Film 7- 9 pm (including interval)
Where: Thirroul Community Centre, Excelsior Hall (behind the Library) Cost: Film + Curry $15 Flim + Curry + Dessert $20
BYO Utensils: Don’t forget to bring your bowl and or cup, and spoon!

Choose one, or 2 or 3 or FOUR! Sample from a selection of organic home made curries and accompaniments. Choose a delicious organic home made cake or muffin for dessert. Wash it down with chai. Munch on organic popcorn while you watch the movie, and keep fingers crossed that you’ll win the Lucky door prize.
Come along, and bring your family and friends to this great annual event. This year, proceeds will go towards developing the Flame Tree Co-Op (read more about the co-op here.) and the Thirroul Community Garden.

SEE YOU AT THE MOVIES! – SPREAD THE WORD! Check out the flyer here for more information.

Come Along to our first Fundraising Event …

A Movie Night for the whole family – DIRT! The Movie

1st Austinmer Scout Hall (20 Moore St), 5pm-7pm, 20 March 2011
Cost: $10 full, $8 Con, $2 Kids under15

Refreshments will be available – donations welcome an event for the whole family come early, film starts at 5pm

Thirroul Community Garden is an non profit org who’s aim is to provide a inclusive community focus that brings people together to produce food
organically, to share, to learn and to care for the environment. Approval
has been confirmed for the first stage of our application to use High
Street Reserve in Thirroul for our community garden site.

Once the second stage is approved we will move onto the site and begin the
layout, prepare the soil, build compost bays, an undercover area and
install rainwater tanks.

This fundraiser will help Thirroul Community Gardeners accomplish some of
these tasks.

We are screening the MUST SEE Film – ‘DIRT the Movie’

About the film:

DIRT! the Movie–narrated by Jaime Lee Curtis–brings to life the
environmental, economic, social and political impact that the soil has. It
shares the stories of experts from all over the world who study and are
able to harness the beauty and power of a respectful and mutually
beneficial relationship with soil.

DIRT! The Movie–directed and produced by Bill Benenson and Gene
Rosow–takes you inside the wonders of the soil. It tells the story of
Earth’s most valuable and underappreciated source of fertility–from its
miraculous beginning to its crippling degradation.

The opening scenes of the film dive into the wonderment of the soil. Made
from the same elements as the stars, plants and animals, and us, “dirt is
very much alive.” Though, in modern industrial pursuits and clamor for
both profit and natural resources, our human connection to and respect for
soil has been disrupted. “Drought, climate change, even war are all
directly related to the way we are treating dirt.”

“The only remedy for disconnecting people from the natural world is
connecting them to it again.”