Group rallies for community garden in Coogee

Coogee Community Garden WA members (left to right) Karen Moulten, Megan Wishaw, John Ivey, Danielle Pascucci, Debra Shorter and Chad Pascucci (6).
Coogee Community Garden WA members (left to right) Karen Moulten, Megan Wishaw, John Ivey, Danielle Pascucci, Debra Shorter and Chad Pascucci (6).

A NEW group has sprouted to advocate for an inaugural community garden in Coogee.

Coogee Community Garden WA has dreams of establishing an edible garden full of home-grown fruits, vegetables and herbs for all local residents to use and enjoy, with Rotary Park on King Street considered the prime location.

Coogee Community Garden WA’s Karen Moulten said she was the proud owner of a hobby farm before moving to Coogee, but plans to join a local garden were stymied when she realised there wasn’t one nearby.

She said the momentum grew from there.

“The community garden would be very beneficial as there is an increasing number of high density dwellings in the area and the garden will provide an opportunity for those without much open space to grow and share their own produce,” she said.

“It is planned to have a range of edible plants and herbs as well as allotments available for members to grow their own produce and share the excess with others.

“The sky is the limit as to what could be grown but the plantings will be seasonal in nature and complimented with a backbone of larger tress such as avocados, olives, plums, nectarines, figs, as well as a range of citrus plantings such as limes, lemons, grapefruit, oranges.

“The King Street site is ideally located close to high density residential areas, it has adequate parking, is close to a nearby playground and has links back to Cockburn’s history when market gardens were located in close proximity.”

Ms Moulten said there were still a few steps that needed to be taken before the garden could come to fruition, but the support they have received so far had been encouraging.

“The City of Cockburn have been very supportive and helpful towards this initiative and we are working closely with the City council to achieve our goal,” she said.

“We will be submitting a formal proposal for a community garden in Coogee in the near future, adhering to the new Policy and Guidelines set out by the council.”

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