Funds to turn on retirement community taps

Betty Eddy waters part of her bursting flower and veggie garden.KEEN gardeners of Cooinda Retirement Community welcomed the news the rainwater topping their tanks will soon be accessible to their plants and flowers.

“You can see how different it is rainwater, and nitrogen in the water from the storms,” Cooinda welfare officer Di French said.

“Nitrogen makes everything grow.”

The community received a $4500 NSW Community Building Partnerships grant to lay pipe and install taps for residents to access the water.

Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall visited the community on Tuesday to deliver the news.

The tanks were installed when the villas were built as part of building requirements, but the construction did not install piping to the tanks at that time.

“So all that was happening, it was overflowing and what a waste,” Di said.

“All they’ve got to do is pay for that plumbing work to be done.”

Cooinda resident Betty Eddy’s green fingers have touched the landscape far beyond her front patch of garden.

“It’d be 10 years ago; I was in another unit in the enclosed part, and I wanted somewhere outside,” she said.

Betty’s garden won the Independent Seniors’ Award in the 2015 Inverell Rotary Garden Competition.

Her caring touch extends around the building and across the yard, resulting in a flourish of native plants, luscious begonias and a healthy crop of summer vegetables.

“It’s very comforting for me,” she said.

“I get a lot of enjoyment, a lot of pleasure, and the residents get a lot of pleasure out of it.”

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