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8 October, 2020

Millaa Millaa green thumbs awarded

THE Millaa Millaa Garden Club has had their tireless work in their community parks recognised after they received the Eleanor McLeod Award last Tuesday, September 29.

By Rhys Thomas

THE Millaa Millaa Garden Club has had their tireless work in their community parks recognised after they received the Eleanor McLeod Award last Tuesday, September 29.

The award was given by the Garden Clubs of Australia (GCA), an umbrella organisation that provides encouragement and support to over 700 gardening clubs across Australia.

To be eligible for this award a club must have demonstrated involvement in both practical and educational projects that benefit the wider community.

The Millaa Millaa Garden Club has been taking care of the public gardens in the parks across Millaa Millaa since it was founded in 2006.

Jenny Bloom, Vice-President of the Millaa Millaa Garden Club was pleasantly surprised when she learned of the club winning the award.

“It feels great to win this award it is a real thrill,” she said.

“We are a very small club compared with some of the other 700 clubs that are under the GCA .

“So when we nominated for the award we really didn’t think we had any chance to win.”

The garden club is currently

undergoing a massive renovation project to replace many of their gardens with more native plants and flowers to encourage more native life to return to these gardens.

There are only eight active members out of the 23 registered members of the Milllaa Millaa Garden Club and Mrs Bloom believes that this low number is why they won the award.

“I believe the reason we won is because we are such a small club and what we achieve being a small club,” Mrs Bloom said.

“Millaa Millaa has very good community spirit but with this award will probably boost that spirit even more.”


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