Photo: CBP 2019 – funding announcement – Yass Men’s Shed – Bush Tucker Garden – Allan McGrath (YVMS President), Mrs Wendy Tuckerman, Member for Goulburn and Graeme Fountain (garden co-designer)

This Saturday will be the biggest event in 2020 for Yass Valley Men’s Shed with the Official Opening of the Yass Community Bush Tucker Garden and launch of a new book on the Gardens of Yass.

Kicking off at 3.30pm on Saturday 31 October 2020, the member for Goulburn Mrs Wendy Tuckerman MP has been invited to officially open the Community Bush Tucker Garden which has been made possible by the vision and hard work of various community groups and Shed members, assisted with a  generous $4,500 Grant from the NSW Coalition Government.

Bush Tucker Garden progress – digging in with some hard work

Immediately following, two Yass Editors, Aedeen Cremin and Julie Campbell have arranged the launch of a new Electronic Book that showcases the Gardens of Yass which includes the Bush Tucker Garden.

Men’s Shed Secretary Wayne Stuart was excited to tell the Yass Valley Times of the enjoyable afternoon’s line-up “Our famous member, Aaron Chatfield has been booked to perform at the official launch.  We have also offered our Bush Tucker Garden for the book launch event as it offers lots of good COVID compliant space for social distancing.”

The event will be held in the extensive Bush Tucker Garden space immediately behind the Men’s Shed (1428 Yass Valley Way, North Yass).

COVID Safe practices will be in place on the day (handwashing, sign in books etc).  Refreshments will not be offered at this event to limit COVID risks to attendees.

The afternoon event is expected to get underway at 3:45 pm with an official welcome from Allan McGrath, Yass Valley Men’s Shed President; along with a Welcome to Country. At 4:00 pm Wendy Tuckerman MP will be invited to formally open the Bush Tucker Garden, and at 4:15 pm Aaron Chatfield will officially launch the Gardens of Yass Book.

Mr Stuart stressed the gardens are for everyone to enjoy.

“This Bush Tucker Garden is a Community Garden; not a Men’s Shed effort alone.  Already, some Yass High School students have been involved in some of the plantings.”

Mr Stuart has also encouraged local residents to get involved as gardens are a work in progress.

“Any members of the Yass Valley Community who might like to get involved will be very much welcomed and free to come to the garden to help or just to enjoy it.  Over time, we hope it might become a very welcoming place to come and contemplate.

This invitation is warmly extended to all members of the Yass Valley Community. So come along on Saturday and see what has been quietly achieved by an industrious group for the benefit of our whole community.