Community gardens will continue to flower with State Government grants

Community Services Minister Tony Simpson (centre) with Duncraig Edible Garden participants and supporters. Photo: Martin Kennealey
Community Services Minister Tony Simpson (centre) with Duncraig Edible Garden participants and supporters. Photo: Martin Kennealey

COMMUNITY gardens across WA will continue to flower, with grants from the State Government to continue.

Community Services Minister Tony Simpson announced today that the Community Gardens Grants program had been extended to 2019-20.

The program provides $100,000 per year in funding for community gardens.

Since its introduction in 2013, 37 projects totalling $464,853 have been funded across WA.

“Community gardens are a fantastic way of bringing communities together and allowing people to connect with the environment,” Mr Simpson said.

“They provide resounding benefits to those taking part, including getting people out and about and socialising while learning and sharing practical ideas about gardens, nutrition and the local environment.

“There has been an overwhelming uptake in the program from community organisations across WA and I congratulate all those involved who have seized the opportunity to improve their neighbourhoods.”

Mr Simpson made the announcement at the Duncraig Edible Garden, outside Duncraig Library.

The City of Joondalup received $9,980 for the Duncraig Edible Garden in March this year for the purchase of a water tank, establish communal wicking beds and undertake soil improvement.

The garden was once a featureless space until community members decided to put the area to good use.

“The Duncraig Edible Garden is just one example of a group that has used funding through the program to purchase equipment and undertake improvements to help the organisation operate in an independent and sustainable way,” Mr Simpson said.