Eleebana garden set to bloom

A GROUP planning to build a community garden at Eleebana says it will lodge a development application for the project as soon as possible.

As reported on Wednesday, Lake Macquarie City Council voted in favour of allowing the Warners Bay Community Garden Group to lodge an application for a garden in Bunya Park.

It followed concerns from residents and Landcare about the use of public land and the garden's affect on the nearby environment.

The council's decision must be ratified on Monday night for the garden plan to proceed.

The garden group's convener Ben Henley said if that happened, "we will submit a development application as soon as possible".

Under a new council policy, large-scale community gardens with "significant environmental or social issues" require development applications.

"It might seem a little bit excessive that a garden needs a DA, but perhaps in this case it is reasonable given the scale of our group and it is the first garden of its kind," Mr Henley said.

"I just hope it's done in a timely manner."

The group has 355 members and friends, along with support from businesses, schools and community groups.

Mr Henley said the garden would "bring people together in co-operation and friendship".

The group would "continue discussions with Landcare and residents about how we can build a garden that meets their concerns".