Grant helps improve Joondanna Community Garden accessibility


Picture: Janelle Atkinson
Picture: Janelle Atkinson

IMPROVED pathways will be installed at Joondanna Community Garden to provide easier wheelchair and pram access for the community.

The permanent pathway will be constructed to link the lower garden to the upper terrace and allow access for events and education sessions.

Joondanna Community Garden president Janelle Atkinson said the garden received a $8657 grant from the Federal Government to fund the pathway.

“We used the grant to establish pathways throughout the upper terrace of the garden,” she said.

“This area was sloped and only had access via stairs or through sand which meant it was previously inaccessible for someone with a mobility issue.”

Ms Atkinson said the new paths would make a difference in ensuring the community could participate in activities.

“Our garden is an all-inclusive space which means we encourage anyone to come in and get involved,” she said.

“A number of our visitors and members use wheelchairs or walking sticks, are elderly or have children in prams.

“We hold regular workshops and presentations, busy bees to maintain the grounds, an annual open day, have a community composting hub and social activities like pizza evenings and barbecues.”

Balcatta MLA Chris Hatton said gardens created a sense of community between people from different backgrounds.

“They provide people of all generations an area to come together, share a cuppa and a love of the great Western Australian outdoors,” he said.

“I know the Joondanna Garden site well…disability and pram access as well as a venue to accommodate a larger number of participants at events will be well received by the local community.”