A State Government grant of more than $154,000 will enable community gardens across Western Australia to grow and blossom.
Communities Minister Sue Ellery said the Lotterywest money would allow not-for-profit organisation Learning Centre Link, to develop a range of resources to help communities grow their own gardens.
“There are now 15 established community gardens in WA and they are a wonderful opportunity to bring people together in an environment that is fun and relaxed and also, quite literally, productive,” Ms Ellery said.
“Managed by the people who live in the community, these gardens not only bear home-grown produce but can also promote cultural understanding, teach new skills and create a better awareness of the environment.”
The Minister said many members of Learning Centre Link were involved in their own local gardens and wanted to spread awareness of the benefits of community gardening.
The Lotterywest funding would enable the group to employ a project officer for two years to develop a range of resources to help other gardens grow.
The resources would include:
· a map of community gardens across WA;
· an information kit and starter pack for community garden projects;
· best practice models of community gardens;
· opportunities for community garden training; and
· a community garden website.
Partners in the project included the WA Community Garden Network, the City of Swan, City of Gosnells and the Town of Cambridge.
Ms Ellery said WA was the only Australian jurisdiction that directed profits from lottery games back to the local community. In 2006-07, Lotterywest gave back to the WA community more than $190million for a variety of projects.
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