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Community Gardens launch

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Richard chatting with the Minister for Agriculture and Food Mr Kim
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Dhamaka says:

they look like they communicated well...

30th Nov 2007, 09:35

hildegard says:

Is that the new minister or the old one?
(Loved the news reports that your Parliament's own security trusts the outgoing MPs so little that they've been taking State-owned art out of MP's offices to stop them thieving it when they leave.)

30th Nov 2007, 10:31

Jig along says:

This is the State Government which has been in for awhile.

That story hasn't been given legs in Western Australia. Probably a case of dont let the truth get in the way of a good story, where the incoming Government did't like the art and are putting up their own choice of Art work.

1st Dec 2007, 02:48

Jesson says:

Hadn't heard the art story in NSW either. VEry interesting but I suspect you're right JL. The artwork also get cycled through an art library so maybe it was just a fitting time to make the move again.

Love the photo- matching blue shirts- always gets the conversation off to the right start when you mirror the Minister. :-)

So what's the story with the Garden launch? You've mentioned the move south and the garden briefly, but it sounds like there's a bit more to the story?????

6th Dec 2007, 01:42

swamprose says:

J, I have no idea what you are talking about, and I would like to know. government choice of art? hmm.

I like the tag 'growing people'.

7th Dec 2007, 02:32

Jig along says:

Its a long story but not long ago some farmers wanted to plant a million square miles of cotton and use 98% of the underground water to do so. Fortunately the indigenous people said no.

The government see the wilderness as a resources to be exploited and has thrown money at looking at crops that can be grown in an environmentally way. The TAFE at Broome has been looking at this for quite along time and have been setting up trails of Gubinge in communities. This year we have begun what they call enrichment planting of native plants with commercial potential. The enrichment planting makes alot of sense, and when this other mob heard about what we are doing they gave alot of money to do what we are doing. Its a really good partnership. The growing people project is about training people, not actually making babies in the orchard:)

The gubinge is a really high source of vitamin C, about 200 time more than an orange on a weight for weight basis. Some company can process it into a powder form, and now wants bucket loads of the stuff.

Another plant is the Ghumbaja? which is nut, abit like a spicy almond. It will be the next macadamia, but hopefully it wont need to be developed overseas before it takes off.

JE,you should know that I moved north, Broome is about 1000km north of Newman:)

7th Dec 2007, 13:26

swamprose says:

thanks. this is a great initiative. I hope the business end learns how it can work sustainably, and enriches the local people, not some drug company.

sounds like the UK health drink company, Innocent, would love gubinge.

7th Dec 2007, 14:09