Thallon, Queensland

Thallon, in southwest Queensland, is famous for William, the northern hairy-nosed wombat sculpture in the main street, the nearby painted silos and the devastating drought. But it’s the fledgling community garden in the school grounds that’s stirring up interest these days. It could be one of the few green patches left in the small town as the drought drags into its seventh year.

The garden, a collaboration between community groups and the local school, was funded by Highways and Byways. A few garden beds of flowers, herbs and vegies might not seem like a big deal, but when everything around you is dying and the ground is parched, a patch of green can mean a lot. Most Thallon locals had to rely on harsh bore water for their gardens and very few survived.  Fortunately, the primary school has access to river water.

Leanne Brosnan, a driving force behind the garden, said a lot of energy is being sucked out of the town, but a community garden will bring life and hope to the community.

Thallon, in southwest Queensland, is famous for William, the northern hairy-nosed wombat sculpture in the main street, the nearby painted silos and the devastating drought. But it’s the fledgling community garden in the school grounds that’s stirring up interest these days. It could be one of the few green patches left in the small town as the drought drags into its seventh year.

The garden, a collaboration between community groups and the local school, was funded by Highways and Byways. A few garden beds of flowers, herbs and vegies might not seem like a big deal, but when everything around you is dying and the ground is parched, a patch of green can mean a lot. Most Thallon locals had to rely on harsh bore water for their gardens and very few survived.  Fortunately, the primary school has access to river water.

Leanne Brosnan, a driving force behind the garden, said a lot of energy is being sucked out of the town, but a community garden will bring life and hope to the community.

Launch of Community Garden October 2019 in drier times