The popular Bayside Garden Centre, a joint venture between Council and the Intellectual Disability Foundation of St George which provides meaningful work for those with an intellectual disability has returned a healthy profit for the last financial year despite COVID-19 restrictions.
Under the terms of the agreement Bayside Council and the Intellectual Disability Foundation of St George each get a quarter of the profit which goes back into community projects, while the other half is reinvested in the Garden Centre.
“This is very a popular garden centre with over 2000 loyalty customers, and each year it is becoming more and more successful,” Mayor Joe Awada said.
“The profits go straight back into the community and providing jobs for those with a disability.
“Council’s share goes into parks projects, while the IDF use their share to continue to assist families and provide programs.
“The rest goes back into the business to ensure it continues to provide meaningful work for those with a disability. It is a wonderful partnership,” Mayor Awada said.
This year Mr Michael Price, CEO of the Intellectual Disability Foundation of St George, presented Council with a cheque for $32,000. The IDF also received $32,000.
The Bayside Garden Centre operates on a wholesale and retail basis, supplying plants to Councils, landscapers, builders and the general public.
“It has thrived during COVID. With people spending time at home they have had plenty of time to tend to, and nurture their gardens,” Mayor Awada said.
The staff at the Garden Centre are all trained in horticulture and the Centre offers growing, seed collection and propagation, delivery and technical advice.
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, Camelia, Gardenia, Grevillea and many more.
Bayside Garden Centre also has Christmas flower bowls as well as potted New South Wales Christmas bushes for sale at this time of year.
The Bayside Garden Centre is located at 41 Beach Street, Kogarah and is open Monday to Friday from 7.30am - 3.45pm and 9.00am - 2.00pm on Saturday.
The Bayside Garden Centre, formerly the Rockdale Community Nursery, was established in 1994, as a joint venture between Council and the Intellectual Disability Foundation of St George
Mayor Awada, Michael Price and Deputy Mayor James Macdonald