Merriwa Community Hub gets to work creating new community garden

David Holden from MercyCare, Deputy Mayor Nat Sangalli, Julie Otremba from Bunnings and John Palmer Manager Place Base Service MercyCare with Volunteer Ruth French. Photo: Matt Jelonek.
David Holden from MercyCare, Deputy Mayor Nat Sangalli, Julie Otremba from Bunnings and John Palmer Manager Place Base Service MercyCare with Volunteer Ruth French. Photo: Matt Jelonek.

THE Merriwa Community Hub was a hive of activity recently when it hosted a free event to create a new community garden.

Thanks to a grant from Suez, the garden will be open daily with the aim of becoming a place where people can meet.

Keen green thumbs will be able to create a sensory garden, sow crops, tend plants and learn about sustainable gardening practices, recycling and waste management.

“We hope that this new community garden will strengthen community ties and serve as a meeting place for local residents of all ages and from all walks of life,” MercyCare chief executive Chris Hall said.

“Research shows urban agriculture can be a great benefit, not only to the environment but the health and wellbeing of those involved as well as providing access to fresh, nutritious foods.

“Tending a garden and reaping the rewards of growing your own herbs and vegetables is also something that brings many people in our community a lot of joy.

“The garden will also offer a functional space for intergenerational activities, community art projects and offer knowledge about traditional Aboriginal healing.”

Suez WA general manager Nial Stock said the garden was also an excellent way to “make better use of our resources and offer residents an opportunity to be part of a sustainable and connected community”.

The Merriwa Community Hub is a joint initiative between MercyCare and the City of Wanneroo and was established to work with the northern suburbs community to increase social cohesion and participation in community life.