Northern Suburbs Community Centre is looking towards recovery with a community driven initiative to plant fruit trees at the Mowbray centre.
There will be several trees planted, of various fruits, but an apple tree was planted last week at the organisation's first event back since COVID-19 restrictions began.
Northern Suburbs Community Centre general manager Denise Delphin said they provided support throughout the pandemic but the outreach barbecue, in partnership with City Mission, marked the first public event since March.
"It's feeling absolutely wonderful [to see everyone] and the people who are arriving here today with their families are saying exactly the same thing," she said.
"Just to have the opportunity for a face to face connection which we have all missed over the next few months but we had to do what we needed to do to keep everyone well and safe."
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The Mowbray centre already has existing community gardens but Ms Delphin said the fruit trees were an extension of the community garden project.
"This is something that has been driven by the community ... by their families and friends that they would like to grow some fruit.
"Then we can harvest it, we can cook it, we can do all sorts of things," she said.
The organisation's other programs to return this month are parenting groups, youth groups and the learn driver mentor program.
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