St Clair community members are asking for assistance in establishing a Community Garden, where they can "share and cooperate, to create and sustain a healthy community by growing food and caring for nature within their urban environment" their mission is "to develop a beautiful and nurturing space where individuals, families and groups may grow nutritious, organic vegetables and fruit for themselves and the community. The Community Garden will also provide opportunities for positive social interaction and recreation in a beautiful, non-threatening atmosphere where individuals of all ages and backgrounds may interact in a healthy pursuit".
A petition was submitted by community members, which was tabled to Council on 11 February 2020, identified Crompton Reserve as the preferred community garden location and the subsequent report to the Asset Management Committee on 20 April 2020 endorsed the following actions:
- That the report be received and noted.
- That Council gives 'in principal' support to the establishment of a Community Garden in St Clair, subject to public consultation outcomes, and note that a budget bid for this purpose has been included in the 2020/2021 draft budget.
- That Council notify the head petitioner of Councils decision.
The garden will be managed by an Incorporated Association, in line with the existing model for Community Gardens across the City and (pending the outcome of this consultation process) a license will be issued to the association over the land to be occupied by the garden and managed by a committee made up of local community members.
Consultation & Feedback
We are now seeking your feedback regarding the proposed community garden at Crompton Reserve, St Clair. A location map of the proposed garden is located in the resource documents. The consultation will be open until 5:00pm Wednesday 29 July 2020.
We will be on site to discuss any ideas, comments or concerns with the local community:
Where: Crompton Reserve, St Clair
Date: Thursday 16 July, 2020
Time: 4:00pm – 5:30pm
Please register your attendance for the on-site session by 5:00pm Wednesday 15 July, 2020 via email with your name, mobile number and email address to:
Phone: 8408 1306
About Community Gardens
Community gardens provide a place for people to come together to grow food and other plants, learn new skills and meet people, along with contributing to a sense of community and connection to the environment. They also offer a space for fellow gardeners to foster new friendships, to get together and share the joy and skill of gardening with the community.
Increasing medium and high density housing, the associated increase in population density within the City and a growing desire to feel connected and part of a community, is contributing to an increasing demand for the provision of social infrastructure such as community gardens, sustaining the social, physical and mental health and wellbeing of our community through a continued connection to community, nature and place in an urban environment.
Where people are living in apartments or their homes have been constructed on small parcels of land, a community garden can often be the only opportunity to produce food and for our culturally diverse community, can often be the only opportunity to grow traditional produce which also provides opportunity for cultural exchange between garden members.
Have questions or want to learn more about this project, contact us below:
|Name||Janet Willoughby - Open Space Community Planner|
|Phone||08 8408 1140|
|Name||Sue Tripodi - Administration & Consultation Officer|
|Phone||08 8408 1306|