Hon Paul Miles MLA

Hon Paul Miles MLA

Former Minister for Local Government; Community Services; Seniors and Volunteering; Youth

    Community gardens taking root across WA

    30/01/2017 7:05 AM
    • Liberal National Government invests $109,067 into 10 community gardens
    • Provides communities a place to connect with the environment and each other 

    Community gardens continue to flourish across Western Australia with 10 gardens benefiting from the latest round of funding from the Liberal National Government.


    Community Services Minister Paul Miles announced that more than $100,000 in funding would be provided this year under the Community Gardens Grants program.


    "The response to the program continues to be overwhelming, which shows the importance of supporting what is a vital hub for the local community," Mr Miles said.


    "To date, 47 grants totalling $573,920 have been provided to community garden projects in four rounds of funding throughout WA since the program's introduction in 2013, which includes 31 regional and 16 metropolitan projects.


    "Community gardens are a fantastic way for people of all ages to get together and actively participate in community life.  They give locals a chance to learn and share practical ideas about gardening, nutrition, the environment and life in general."


    The latest round of funding will help with the purchasing and improvement of infrastructure, creation of more sustainable gardens and the promotion of workshops and events.


    Among the recipients, Brunswick Junction Community Resource Centre will use grant funds to make the gardens openly accessible for community members to grow vegetables, fruits and flowers.  A rainwater tank will also be installed and tools and equipment purchased.


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    Grant recipients


    ArtsHouse Community Garden - $9,682

    ArtsHouse Community Garden Inc will use grant funds to focus on the development of an orchard, southern food garden, and a work/storage space.  This will provide incentive for current and new members to grow and harvest food. 


    The garden has also secured a regular spot at the Bassendean markets and other costs will go towards providing information about the garden and to sell plants, seeds and art activities to supplement the project.


    Kwinana Community Sharing - $10,000

    Kwinana Community Sharing Inc will use grant funds to create a 'fruit forest' of indigenous trees to form a canopy, with a mixture of indigenous and introduced food plants below.


    Brother Wright Community Garden - $20,000

    The Gnowangerup Baptist Church will use grant funds to repurpose a former tennis club into a community garden.  The space will include a pathway to connect the residential areas to the town centre and a Noongar garden with a yarning circle. 


    A formal plan will be devised for the garden.  Landscaping, and the installation of garden beds, reticulation, plants and fencing will be undertaken.


    Ngurin Community Garden - $18,550

    The Ngarluma Yindjibarndi Foundation Ltd will use grant funds to create a community garden consisting of local, native flora.  The project will engage the younger generation and the community to educate about bush tucker, bush medicine and traditional local plants.


    Space will be provided for a fire area for traditional cooking and for a Yatha, which is a traditional housing structure with seating.  A trail and signage, produced by the local school students, will be implemented to teach about the plant names and their properties.


    Brunswick Junction Community Garden - $13,445

    The Brunswick Junction Community Resource Centre Inc will use grant funds to make the gardens openly accessible for community members to grow vegetables, fruits and flowers. 


    A committee will be elected to oversee the garden's operations and also establish a number of growing spaces for community use, which will be allocated to specific community groups.


    The organisation wishes to incorporate art into the design of the garden and host activities and workshops that will complement this aspect of the project.  A rainwater tank will be installed and additional seating will be provided for members during meetings.  Tools and equipment will also be purchased to enhance the sustainability of the garden.


    Bunbury Community Garden - $4,424

    The City of Bunbury will use the grant to erect fencing to secure a drop-off area at the rear of the library where the Bunbury Community Garden is located.  Other funds will go towards weed matting, seating, a high-pressure cleaner, and a whiteboard to use for communication between the groups and committees that access the garden.


    Manjimup Community Garden - $8,000

    The Manjimup Community Resource Centre Inc will use the grant to expand the community garden to include a garden shed with a concrete floor.  The need for the shed is increasing, as the garden membership grows, for storage of equipment.


    Dumbleyung Community Garden - $9,833

    The Shire of Dumbleyung and community volunteers will use the grant for an expansion to the garden that will connect the caravan park and recreational zones to integrate with tourism. 


    The expansion will include installing garden beds, plants and trees, signage, seating, lighting and purchasing new equipment and consumables.


    Gnarojin Community Garden - $9,333

    The Gnarojin Community Garden Inc will use the grant to install a pathway to act as both an edge to control the threatening couch grass, and provide access for more visitors to enter the garden.  The pathway will follow disability and dementia access guidelines and will have seating and shelter along the way to encourage people to venture further into the garden.


    Shire of Kondinin - $5,800

    The Shire of Kondinin, in collaboration with the Kondinin Community Garden Working Group, will use grant funds to install a reticulation system at the Kondinin Community Garden. 


    Other funds will go towards a pergola to provide shade for the vines and the visitors to the garden.


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