$40,000 to support local community gardens

Shane Rattenbury, MLA

Nine projects will share in $40,000 in funding under round four of the community garden grants program, Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability Shane Rattenbury announced today.

“Community gardens play an increasingly important role in bringing people together and enabling people to grow their own healthy food,” Mr Rattenbury said. “The gardens also improve our resilience to climate change.

“This is the fourth round of grants that have been run with funding available to community organisations and owners’ corporations.

“I’m pleased to see the diversity of successful grant recipients which includes the establishment of three community gardens within owners’ corporations of multi-unit developments.”

As well as establishing new community gardens, the grants support projects in existing community gardens.

The nine successful projects include:

  • a new community garden at the Wybelena Grove townhouse complex in Cook
  • extension to water reticulation system at the Canberra Organics Growers Society garden in Yarralumla
  • a new community garden at the Hudson Square Apartments in Harrison
  • replacement of the fences and gate at the COGS Community Garden in Mitchell
  • enhancement of soil to support the development of the Lyneham Commons Food Forest in Lyneham
  • expansion of the Canberra City Farm Community Garden in Fyshwick
  • a new community garden at the Evoque Apartments in Braddon
  • renovation of the Nutrition Australia kitchen garden to support a healthy cooking program in Chifley
  • a new community garden at the ELAN Apartments in Lyneham

“The Community Gardens Grants program has been a great success helping support community gardens over the several years with 21 projects funded. I look forward to seeing these nine new projects take shape over the coming months and encourage interested Canberrans to consider joining their local community garden.”

 For more information on community gardens please visit www.actsmart.act.gov.au