Bayside Garden Centre grows a healthy profit

Seeding fund: Councillor Liz Barlow and Bayside Garden centre secretary Bill Dunn, with Bayside mayor Bill Saravinovski.
Seeding fund: Councillor Liz Barlow and Bayside Garden centre secretary Bill Dunn, with Bayside mayor Bill Saravinovski.

Business is blooming at the Bayside Garden Centre, formerly Rockdale Community Nursery.

Earlier this month, the secretary of the Bayside Garden Centre Management Committee, Bill Dunn presented a cheque in the amount of $22,500 to Bayside Council.

The funds represented the profit from the joint venture between Bayside Council and the Intellectual Disability Foundation of St George which runs the garden centre.

The venture was developed to enhance the lives of people with intellectual disabilities by offering both a vocation and a meaningful wage.

The check was accepted on behalf of Bayside Council by Councillor Liz Barlow.

The funds demonstrates a healthy profit from the joint venture agreement between Council and the Intellectual Disability Foundation of St George in the management of the Bayside Garden Centre for the past year.

Councillor Barlow presented a Certificate of Recognition to Mr Dunn for the Bayside Garden Centre in recognition of another successful year of trading and acknowledging the success of the Bayside Garden Centre as a profitable nursery while also providing a meaningful work environment and experience for those with a disability.

The garden centre in Beach Street, Kogarah, mainly operates on a wholesale basis, supplying plants to Councils, landscapers and builders. It offers contract growing, seed collection and propagation, delivery and technical advice.

The garden centre is open to the general public. Approximately 80,000 plants are available for sale, ranging from tube stocks to advanced trees, and including a wide variety of species, such as Murraya, Buxus, Camellia, Gardenia, Grevillea and many more.

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