Mr DICKSON (Buderim—LNP) (6.46 pm): I turn the attention of the House to the Sunshine Coast and, in particular, my electorate of Buderim. On the Sunshine Coast, a quiet revolution has started that recently made national news and was featured in the Courier-Mail on the weekend. In a quiet corner on the Sunshine Coast, expanding into 11 streets, a revolution has been taking place where food has left the backyard and has become part of the Buderim streetscape. Over the past seven years, a wonderful example of social cohesion and community spirit has been literally growing in the streets of Buderim. The urban food street has edible plants growing on suburban verges, seemingly poised to take over the world one nature strip at a time.
Last week, my colleagues Tim Mander and John McVeigh joined local Duncan McNaught and me for a tour of Buderim’s urban food street. Duncan McNaught, together with 200 householders within the urban garden footprint, is onto something extremely special. It is wonderful to walk those streets and see the kerbside banana trees producing up to 2 tons of bananas for the neighbourhood to share. This is all done with good will, trust and neighbourly spirit so often sadly lacking in today’s society. I understand that this would not work everywhere, but it would be something if it could happen in 10 per cent of our local communities throughout Queensland. Imagine the difference that it would make in bringing local communities together for a mutual and beneficial outcome. Imagine having home-grown vegetables and fruit available to share with neighbours and friends and being able to take an active interest in a local environment that offers those opportunities to the local community.
The community has taken over public land in Buderim and I think it is great. I think it is wonderful that we have such passionate and committed individuals who have spurred on this movement, which is being warmly embraced by the local community. Over the past two weeks, we have had 120,000 hits on the local Facebook page. Many people are grabbing hold of this idea. Costa has come on board. For members who do not know him, Costa is one of the biggest gardening advocates in this country.
I see this as a great opportunity. I hope that all local authorities in Queensland take it up. There will be issues as far as public liability is concerned, but we have to look to the future. We have people in our local communities who want to get involved, such as old people who are home alone or young people who never get to mix with others. This is about bringing neighbourhoods together; this is about bringing communities together. I think it is the start of a revolution in this state. It is the start of a revolution that we all should back. This is about healthy eating, healthy lifestyles and bringing communities together so that they can achieve great things. I urge all members to look at the website; there is something very special going on.
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