Heather Barber, Carol Weekes and Maurine Gibson at the opening of the Maryborough Community Gardens.

Photo: Hayden Johnson/ Fraser Coast Chronicle
Heather Barber, Carol Weekes and Maurine Gibson at the opening of the Maryborough Community Gardens. Photo: Hayden Johnson/ Fraser Coast Chronicle Hayden Johnson

Community spirit grows with Lupton garden project

CAROL Week's dream is to see a happy, healthy and resilient community in Maryborough, the town she has called home for most of her life.

Now retired, Carol has realised part of the dream through her creative contributions to a special garden.

"I now have time to devote to progressing a community initiative, namely the Lupton Park Community Garden in Aberdeen Ave at Maryborough," she said.

With the assistance of many friends, local service clubs, Fraser Coast Regional Council and local businesses, the Lupton Park Community Garden was established and officially opened in November 2014.

"It is now well established and provides organic produce for members who work in the garden," Carol said.

"The community garden also provides a social network and many great and enduring friendships have evolved because of participation."

Members range in age from three months to 86 years.

Except for a couple of relatively short departures, Carol has spent a lifetime in the Heritage City.

The first time she left was in early adulthood for work and marriage, but she soon returned when her first son Jeffrey was born.

Later on Carol and her husband, Peter, operated small businesses in Maryborough and went on to have three more sons.

She left Maryborough again for a few years in early 2004 to pursue work in her chosen field.

 

Carol Weekes and the members of the Lupton Park Community Garden are proud of their accomplishments.Photo Contributed
Carol Weekes and the members of the Lupton Park Community Garden are proud of their accomplishments.Photo Contributed Contributed

These days she is a retired public servant whose career was in the disability and community service sectors.

"Peter and I returned to Maryborough as it was an ideal location to raise and educate our four sons and now to retire and enjoy all that the community has to offer," Carol said.

"My primary focus has always been family.

"We now have eight grandchildren, with another on the way, and live in Agnes Water, Lismore, United Kingdom and Maryborough."

Carol still retains an interest in the disability sector and does a few hours' work a week.

"My favourite place outside of Maryborough is the Bunya Mountains," she said.

"Peter and I have a cottage on the edge of the rain forest for family gatherings and general relaxation.

"I would love to see a community who can grow its own food, free of chemicals and pesticides, and citizens available to support each other if and when needed."

If you are interested in finding out more about the Lupton Park Community Garden, phone Carol on 0429 069 613.

 

Some of the produce from Lupton Park Community Garden.Photo Contributed
Some of the produce from Lupton Park Community Garden.Photo Contributed Contributed

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