Anyone keen on helping organise a new community garden for Beaufort Street?
Some of the details below of potential funding –
Government help for community gardens
Tuesday, 3 December 2013
$400,000 over four years to establish more community gardens
WA is home to 40 community gardens
Chance for families, pensioners and children to engage with their community
Applications are now open for State Government funds to maintain or start a community garden.
Local Government Minister Tony Simpson said grants of up to $20,000 would be offered to community groups or local governments to establish a new community garden, or up to $10,000 to maintain existing community gardens.
Mr Simpson said he hoped the $400,000 grant program over four years would encourage more social interaction and healthy living.
“Community gardens provide a sense of achievement and ownership for neighbourhoods where people can share ideas and skills,” he said.
“When whole communities come together to work on a garden, it creates opportunities for greater understanding between parents, young people and different cultures, and social opportunities for older people who may become isolated.”
Applicants must demonstrate a security of tenure for the land, proper planning and design principles and evidence of local government support for their project. Community members must be actively involved in the design, planning and running of the project.
Community gardens have been established on local government land since the late 1990s, with examples at Karratha, Piney Lakes, Onslow, Northam, Lockridge, and Margaret River.
Launching the program at Joondanna Community Food Garden, the Minister said community gardens were also a sustainable way for people who may not have room in small apartments or inner city backyards, to grow food in their own suburb.
“This garden is a thriving community hub where people can come together, learn new skills, and improve community connections,” Mr Simpson said.
“Gardens add life, colour and creativity and become a place for community gatherings, sharing stories, knowledge and ideas and increased self-sufficiency.”
The program fulfils a 2013 election commitment to provide $400,000 over four years for gardens in local government areas
Grants are for planning, design, training, workshops, signage or infrastructure
More information at http://www.dlgc.wa.gov.au