Council has unanimously agreed to approve a five-year licence with an option for a further five years to Far South Coast Landcare Association for occupation of Tathra Beach Reserve (R79310) for establishment of a community garden.
Cr Cathy Griff has it had been a long process during which time there had been "outsiders" stirring up concerns.
"It is very much a positive in terms of recovery. It is altogether a great proposal. Our role is to support community based proposals as far as we can," Cr Griff said.
Cr Liz Seckold pointed out that the idea had been initiated from a grant following the Tathra fires and so went back to 2018. Cr Seckold said she had been aware that some shopkeepers had been concerned about the proposal but she had sought to reassure them.
Cr Jo Dodds said she had seen the success of other community gardens in the shire and supported the proposal.
Council said that a development consent had recently been issued for establishment of a community garden on Tathra Beach Reserve and now it was left to council to agree the formal tenure of the site to enable the conditions of consent to be met.
Council officers were approached in June 2018 about a community garden and a DA was lodged with council in December 2019 with consent issued in June 2020. Community organisations wishing to lease council owned, or managed land must have a Certificate of Incorporation from NSW Department of Fair Trading and so Far South Coast Landcare Association offered its support to the garden group.