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06 November 2007

Westfalen Community Gardens project surges ahead

The Westfalen Community Gardens project at Dunlop Street Collingwood Park is one of the great community initiatives in Ipswich's eastern suburbs.

The gardens - which are open to all members of the local community - feature an amazing array of fruit and vegetables grown by utilizing modern and traditional horticultural practices, making this a truly thriving oasis.




The launch of the Westfalen Community Gardens Cookbook and inaugural International Food Day.


Fruit and vegetables are bountiful with zucchinis, grapes, beans, peas, pumpkins, cucumbers and marrow the size of a man's forearm - just to name a few of the traditional varieties growing in these spacious gardens.

The Westfalen Gardens are supported by the State Government and the Ipswich City Council and offer free plots to anyone who wants to get involved with this tremendous initiative.

To top off the Gardens, there is a chook run - financed by the State Government - with the most-contented fowls you have ever seen, scratching away to their hearts content in a very modern roost.

At the weekend, the Gardens launched the Westfalen Cookbook and inaugural International Food Day with a brilliant array of international cuisine. Delicacies from 15 countries around the world were on offer including Samoan banana and ice cream as well as beans on coconut milk from Tanzania.

The Federal Member for Oxley Bernie Ripoll, along with the State Member Jo-Ann Miller, Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale and Councillors Paul Tully and Victor Attwood attended the launch and gave their ongoing commitment to the project.


State Member Jo-Ann Miller
admires the zucchinis at the
the Westfalen Community
Gardens at Collingwood Park.

The Community Garden Co-ordinator is Trevor Gardiner who can be contacted on (07) 3282 4402. Local residents who want their own garden should contact the Co-ordinator to arrange a meeting to discuss a suitably-sized plot.

Plot holders are responsible for growing, watering and maintaining their gardens in good condition.

A tour of the Gardens can be arranged for a nominal fee through Makerita Skidmore on (07) 3389 1031.


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"Remembering Goodna Mental Hospital" Exhibition opens

A special exhibition featuring the 142-year history of the Goodna Mental Asylum has opened in Brisbane.

The Asylum, now known as The Park - Centre for Mental Health, has been home to over 50,000 people since it began in 1865.

When it first opened, it was known as the Woogaroo Mental Asylum and in the 1970s was renamed Wolston Park.

The exhibition is located at the the Museum of Brisbane at the Brisbane City Hall and features photographs and memorabilia of the facility built on the banks of the Brisbane River adjacent to Woogaroo Creek.


A collection of straightjackets and an historic
tombstone on display at the Remembering Goodna
exhibition at Brisbane City Hall.

Two hundred staff and former patients attended the official opening of the exhibition on Friday by the former Governor of Queensland Leneen Forde.

The exhibition features rare photographs and documents, many of which have never been previously publicly exhibited.

In the 1950s, the hospital was the largest mental health facility in Australia.

Many historic buildings remain on the site where the changes in architectural structure demonstrate the differing modes for containment and management of patients.

Ipswich Councillor Paul Tully, Chair of the Heritage Consultative Committee, was an official guest at the launch and described it as "the greatest historical collection put together on one health institution in Queensland".

"This is an important exhibition which depicts both the sad and joyous history of this hospital which has served the state for almost 150 years."

Cr Tully said many existing residents of Goodna and surrounding suburbs had worked at the hospital in the past 70 years and the exhibition would bring back a flood of memories.

He said one interesting photograph was of the "Goodna Bus Service", a long gone bus company which ferried passengers between the nearby railway station and the hospital.

Cr Tully urged local residents to visit the exhibition which is open daily free of charge on the ground floor of the Brisbane City Hall.

The exhibition continues until 23 March 2008.


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