Busy bee helps community garden

Community members Chevena Hansen, Geraldine Martin and Delvene McLaughlin with LAA staff Daniella Joyce and Cassandra Ryder tending to the garden.
Community members Chevena Hansen, Geraldine Martin and Delvene McLaughlin with LAA staff Daniella Joyce and Cassandra Ryder tending to the garden.

Forty people, including Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal locals, LAA staff and members, Relationships Australia WA representatives and Rotaract Club of City of Gosnells members attended on the day to dig, build and lay paths.

Beat it! Live Longer’s acting co-ordinator Daniella Joyce said the program aimed to raise awareness of how to prevent chronic disease through lifestyle change and empower the local community’s development as they developed a sense of ownership of the space.

‘The [garden] will serve as a space for the Aboriginal community to access, learn about and prepare healthy foods,’ she said.

Another busy bee, held this weekend, focused on planting fruit trees, vegetable beds, herbs, and an array of bush tucker and other native plants.

Beat It! Live Longer, the Health Department’s Aboriginal Health Division and the City of Gosnells are jointly collaborating on the project.