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Garden inspires community
DESPITE the windy Leongatha day, there
was a large and enthusiastic turnout to the
Leongatha Community Garden Open Day
Some 70 visitors attended during the three
hour opening, enjoying informal tours and a lovely
morning tea from Cheryl Lamb and Vanessa
Holness, while mingling with music in the garden
provided by Dom Murdica.
The many children who visited ran
enthusiastically among the garden plots and after
visiting the chickens were offered face painting.
The Leongatha CFA provided a fire truck, which
proved popular. Leanne Langkopf, visiting with
her children, said of her visit, “Amazing! Such an
attractive, beautiful space to enjoy community.”
Some visitors joined the garden as social
members, and the day also inspired a couple of
new growers to take a plot and join the community
A terrific time was had swapping stories and
gardening tips, while also sharing cuttings and
Olwyn New, one of the garden’s most recent
members, said, “It is really a welcoming space”,
which is the intention of Leongatha Community
Garden, located at 3-5 Howard Street in
The garden is a community driven initiative
that provides a garden and space for the whole
community, open to people with an interest in
learning, gardening, cooking, the arts, music,
families and friendship.
Ideas growing: from left, Norma Head and
June Scott were intrigued by the Leongatha
Open Garden on Sunday.
Left, Family occasion: from left, Reuben, Leanne and Johanna Langkopf found a private spot
in the Leongatha Community Garden to relax on Sunday.
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Business consultant Erika
McInerny founded the Warragul
Farmers Market and has been
charged with putting together the
study for Leongatha.
“The feasibility study will be
finished in November,” she said.
“This includes business con-
sultation, looking at the region
and whether or not it will support
another farmers market.”
Ms McInerny said the market
was yet to be confirmed, but the
concept had received positive
support from the community.
“We are looking at the
achievements of close markets,
including Warragul, and the far
reaching positive effects on the
community, even down to creat-
ing the local food movement,”
“It has been really positive for
Koonwarra and Coal Creek
Farmers Market Incorporated
market manager Rod Faudell has
been involved in farmers markets
for almost 16 years.
He said despite a network of
four markets already operating in
the region, a Leongatha farmers
market would be supported.
Mr Faudell said many local
producers were interested in go-
ing to Leongatha, especially those
who could not attend markets at
Coal Creek or Koonwarra.
“A Leongatha market would
give producers an opportunity to
attend a new market,” he said.
“It is important not to dupli-
cate similar products; markets
need a wide range. It makes it
much more exciting for the cus-
When the Koonwarra market
started, it was the only one in
“Some people are concerned
we are getting too many markets.
We do have a limited population
down here. If Leongatha comes
in, we will have the most con-
centrated number of markets for
the population in Victoria,” Mr
“It will mean a large number
of markets to support. People are
enthusiastic to see the market de-
veloped, however it comes down
to the spending power of the lo-
Mr Faudell said farmers mar-
kets aimed to support local pro-
ducers, and give people access to
local produce and the chance to
“It all started with Koonwarra
16 years ago and has grown all
over Victoria fairly rapidly. Now
there are at least 100 farmers
markets in the state,” he said.
“When the Koonwarra market
first started, we struggled to find
30 local producers in the whole
of Gippsland. Now we have 55
producers just in the southern
Gippsland was contacted for con-
tacted for comment.
Strong interest in new
Leongatha farmers market
PARKS Victoria has successfully pros-
ecuted a Leongatha man in the Korum-
burra Magistrates Court for lighting a
campfire in the Upper Dargo State Forest
on a day of Total Fire Ban.
The man was charged under section 40 (4) (a) of
the Country Fire Authority Act 1958 for lighting a
campfire on a day of Total Fire Ban, and received a
fine and was ordered to pay court costs.
Parks Victoria’s regional enforcement coordina-
tor Martin Downs said the risk to life and property
from an escaped campfire was extreme, and anyone
who visits parks or forests at any time must be aware
of the regulations for campfires and barbecues.
“On days of Total Fire Ban, no solid fuel fire is
allowed to be lit or remain alight. If a campfire is too
hot to touch, then it is considered to still be alight.
Penalties for this type of offence are severe and can
result in significant fines or imprisonment for two
years or both,” he said.
“Visitors need to check the CFA website or ABC
radio on a daily basis to ensure they have current
information on whether a Total Fire Ban has been
Any person can report illegal or unsafe activities
in parks or forests to Parks Victoria or the Depart-
ment of Environment, Land, Water and Planning
(DELWP) and all information provided is handled
For further information on campfire regulations
visit the DELWP website at www.delwp.vic.gov.au
or the Country Fire Authority at www.cfa.vic.gov.au
Illegal fire costs
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