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Don Burke has a Dream

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Kath starts with ...
I have been lucky recently to have the chance to chat with Don and Marea Burke and Don has shared a dream of his with me. I found it so inspiring I though I would share it with all you inspired fruit lovers.
Don's dream is of Australias friendliest town and he wonders who in Australia has the energy, passion and vision to make this dream a reality.
To qualify the town would need to have any negative signs.
eg. No Parking
would be out, this could be replaced with Loading bay, or Driveway please keep clear
No Ball Games
would be out, this could be replaced by painting murals on plain brick walls, or growing passionfruit vines over them. Encourage another quieter social activity if noise is the problem like a shady tree and public chess tables.

The streets in this town would be planted with fruit, nuts and other edibles, imagine avenues of public food trees, pecans, persimmons and quince trees for summer shade and winter sun. Longans, avocados and mangos for shady evergreen laneways. Cinnamon Cresent, Wampi Way, Lychee Lane, Pitomba Parade, Rose Apple Road and Sapodilla Street.

Caravan parks and B&Bs could have open veggie gardens for the guests to help themselves to providing access to locally grown fresh produce. These could be community run gardens.

The pubs and coffee shops in this town would offer the first beer or coffee free to travels passing through.

If you think your town qualifies, tell us here how and if we think we can make Don's dream a reality we will tell him about your town.

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Kath
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21st November 2007 11:35am
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Janine Job says...
Dear Kath, I wonder if we could reproduce part of your article about Don and his dream town in our local news sheet (the Tocumwal Flyer; 32 page A5 monthly, delivered free to every residence in the town). I'd love to know if others here felt as positive about it as I did. Janine
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Janine Job
Tocumwal NSW (on the Murray)
21st November 2007 1:04pm
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Kath says...
I think if it inspires people with Dons great idea you should, maybe Tucomwal is Australias Friendliest Town.
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Kath
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21st November 2007 2:32pm
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paradisi says...
The Caloundra hinterland is setting up a scheme of fruiting and nutting street trees. Personally I have a rough lemon as a street tree. If anyone wants a lemon or two I'll be happy. If they strip the tree I'll be mad

Canberras old suburbs had many oak, walnut and plum trees planted in the war years as food for the populace
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dicky beach
21st November 2007 6:52pm
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Matt says...
I think we recently moved into the town Don is looking for its called Bingara.
Bingara has a town group called vision 20/20 who basically look to keep this town going forward. Their latest project is the Bingara Farm Gardens. They have just obtained the land (120ha)and announced to the community the concept of environmentally friendly community gardens sharing produce with the town (hospital, aged care home, etc) as well as an agricultural education centre with tea rooms etc for tourists.
We already have the orange trees down the street celebrated by the orange festival as well as our murals (picture of one attached). Also the local fishing club has a hatchery which is responsible for keeping up the numbers of native fish in our local waterways. I could go on more about this progressive little town but only being new I can't do it justice.
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21st November 2007 7:27pm
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Kristie says...
I think Broome definitely qualifies with it's tropical beauty, friendly people and gorgeous beaches.

http://www.broomevisitorcentre.com.au/broome.asp
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Kristie
Broome
21st November 2007 9:43pm
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Chantal says...
Dear Kath Just wanted to let you know that at The Ecovillage in Currumbin Valley in Queensland we are exactly doing that living our dream !!!! We are not a town only an estate but when we have completed our village we will be 144 residents sharing that exact life style....

Fantastic idea....cheers
Chantal







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26th November 2007 1:55pm
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