30 March 2019
Brisbane, AUSTRALIA: The Park Uniting Church Tongan Congregation at Highgate Hill near Brisbane’s CBD has benefited from the Brisbane Tongan Community’s Green Project.
In partnership with Councillor Jonathan Sri of The Gabba Ward, BTC were empowered to beautify the footpaths, gardens and areas in The Gabba Ward that are frequented by the Tongan Community.
On a wet day in the Sunshine State capital, committee members sourced a selection of plants commonly found in the Kingdom of Tonga to beautify the exterior of the Park Uniting Church, whilst positively contributing to the environment.
Led by Fainga‘a, Rev Maile Molitika, Siale, Mele and others, the day was productive and concluded with a communal lunch with members of the Tonga High School alumni (Brisbane Chapter) who were using the church hall for their monthly meeting.
The flora and greenery were mostly sourced from Tongan homes in Griffin and around the northern suburbs of Brisbane and included kalosipani (Frangipani), sī (Ti plant), paame (Palms), siaine (Banana trees), siale (Tahitian Gardenia) and talo (Taro).
One of the goals of the Brisbane Tongan Community Green Project is a community garden that Tongan farmers can utilise for the preservation of agricultural skills amongst the youth as well as a community garden for the diaspora residing in Brisbane.