Fusion garden bears fruit

Rolling up their sleeves: Karelle Life Enrichment members and staff Steve Carter, Anna Curryer, Ryan Boyle, Anna Watts, Katherine Maloney and John Vesely look forward to Fridays at Fusion.WHAT was once a bowling green has been transformed into a busy community garden in the heart of St Marys.
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Behind Fusion Western Sydney Youth and Community Centre (Christian organisation made up of volunteers and staff) in Carsons Lane is a garden the size of a bowling green with vegetables ripe for picking.

The fruit of a community effort, the garden is being tended by people of all ages and abilities who have learnt what it means to work together as they garden.

Karelle Life Enrichment Service is one of the groups making the most of the garden every week.

It teaches skills to adults with mild intellectual disabilities. TransGrid sponsored the project with quality tools, a shed and a year’s supply of seeds and seedlings.

There is now an abundance of corn, pumpkin, tomatoes and onions.

“If we are going to grow this garden to its full potential we need more people to join us on Fridays,” Karelle garden project co-ordinator Anna Watts said.

“People with mild intellectual disability plus members of the community with an interest in gardening are all welcome.”

Fusion Western Sydney chief executive Dave Hammond added: “It is a privilege for Fusion to be able to work in partnerships like this which give every person in our community an opportunity to shine. This is western Sydney at its best.”

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