Turramurra Lookout Garden
Mr ALISTER HENSKENS ( Ku-ring-gai ) ( 13:19 :40 ): On the edge of the Pacific Highway in the heart of Turramurra is the Turramurra Lookout Garden, a mixture of 24 individual plots, which members of the local community are able to purchase at a modest cost and call their own. Today a much-loved feature of Ku-ring-gai, the garden was established in 2009 through the vision of Turramurra's John Dailey, who partnered with Ku‑ring‑gai Council to create not just fertile ground for members to grow their own organic fruit and vegetables but a location where knowledge is shared and can be applied to home gardens, apartment balconies or schools.
Now retired, John's successful career in the insurance industry and experience as a director of his own business has equipped him with the skills to manage a team of community volunteers and guide the members of the garden through the challenges that an undertaking of this kind inevitably faces. But the garden is more than just a haven for local gardeners to indulge their passion. It is also a place of inspiration and motivation and a model for sustainability, where second-hand garden items and food waste from local businesses are used for composting and worm farming. I congratulate John, who recently received a Lions Community Service Award for Services to the Environment, on his inspirational leadership and development of the garden, and I encourage visitors to come and explore this community treasure.