PRODUCTIVE IDEA: Michael Burgess of Kawana Island is floating the idea of a community farm at the end of Barbados Way, where there is a vast area of unused land.
PRODUCTIVE IDEA: Michael Burgess of Kawana Island is floating the idea of a community farm at the end of Barbados Way, where there is a vast area of unused land. Che Chapman

Kawana Island ripe for community farm

A KAWANA Island resident has floated the idea of establishing a community farm for residents to grow their own food.

Although the island is better known for its modern homes and water views than mandarins and watermelons, Michael Burgess believes it also has room to be productive.

Mr Burgess is seeking support and commitment from other residents for the concept.

He estimated about 400 supporters from the island's 4500 people would be needed to convince authorities to make land available for a farm.

An unused tract at the end of Barbados Way would be the perfect location for a community farm, he said.

The land available is at the end of Barbados Way.
The land available is at the end of Barbados Way. Supplied Google

Mr Burgess has contacted councillor-elect John Connelly and Member for Kawana Jarrod Bleijie to seek use of the land for a farm.

"My opinion is that it is a site that may have been set aside for major infrastructure development," he said.

"At this stage, it's not being used and it's quite a large site.

"I just think it's possible to develop something there, and even if the infrastructure does go in, it could be used for something as well."

Mr Burgess advocates the establishment of a community farm rather than a community garden because a farm would be larger and more productive.

He has established a Facebook page, Kawana Island Community Farm, to enlist support for the project.

A Kawana Island community farm could set an example for community farms in other areas, he said.

"All new areas that are being developed should probably have this as part of their planning," he said.

Should community farms or gardens be a part of all new developments?

This poll ended on 10 April 2016.

Current Results

Yes. With blocks so small now it's a great idea, and it would help with a sense of community.

86%

No. If people want a garden they can do it in their own back yard.

9%

I love the idea of it but I just don't have the time to be involved with something like that.

4%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

Mr Burgess said community farms were a more sustainable way of producing food than growing and transporting it long distances.

He said the Sunshine Coast was ideal for community farming because it was still a relatively new area with available vacant land and the opportunity to incorporate farms in new developments.

"I have an idea that the Sunshine Coast has an opportunity to develop community farming to probably a greater degree than other regions do," he said.


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