A group of friends in Gabba Hill first floated the idea of turning a neglected plot of land at the top of Fleurs Street into a community garden in 2013.

The motivation to turn the idea into reality came after the first meeting of the Go Gabba Go group in March 2014, when it was apparent that there was a lot of support for green space and green initiatives within the local community.

Not long after this meeting, a group of residents decided to create the Gabba Hill Community Garden as a separate incorporated organisation.

Garden site in 2014

Garden site in 2014

After negotiating with the Department of Transport and Main Roads for over 18 months, approval to use the parcel of land on the corner of Fleurs Street and Hawthorn Street was finally granted in June 2015. The following year was a flurry of activity which included constructing raised garden beds and a shade shelter.

On 17 April 2016 the Garden held its official opening. Highlights of the day were a welcome to country by Uncle Joe Kirk; a mulberry tree planting by Jackie Trad MP and local resident Vera (whose father owned land that the garden is on before the house was resumed to build the Southeast Freeway) and live music performed by local residents.

View photos from the Garden opening on Facebook.