Water wise wins the prize
BARTER Street resident Carol Anderson has gone from needing a home to making hers a prize winner.
She took out two major wins in the Department of Communities (Housing and Homelessness Services) 2010 Water-Wise Garden Awards.
Department of Communities officer Philip Scott, from Maryborough, presented the awards at Gympie’s Wesley Hall on Wednesday.
All entrants are members of the Wide Bay Burnett Regional Tenant Group and there were 51 entrants from the Wide Bay Burnett region, tenant group spokesperson Marie Farenden said.
Carol won the Courtyard Award and also a special Gympie award, funded by tenant group members in Gympie and named after Mrs Farenden’s late husband Jim.
“My husband died 18 months ago and the Gympie group got together and raised money for the Jim Farenden Memorial Shield, presented for the first time last year.
“The shield stays in Gympie, where it was funded and every year it is passed on to that year’s Gympie winner,” she said.
Mr Farenden was treasurer of the Gympie and Wide Bay Burnett Regional Tenant Group.
And although water wisdom is a little easier than it was this time last year, organisers said plant selection and garden layout are important factors when times get drier.
The competition is open to all tenants in public, local government or community housing.
Mr Scott said size of gardens did not come into the assessments, with even modest gardens given equal treatment in the judging of some very impressive efforts.