Seeds of the future sown as community project takes root

Cr Newton said the City had a site on Ashley Road, between Ashley Park and a group housing development, identified as suitable for a community purpose.

She said the land was cleared and had no vegetation, adding that community gardens promoted significant benefits in the local area.

‘They allow people on low incomes to grow fresh produce to help feed their families with healthy meals; they encourage good communication and shared understanding between people of different ages, backgrounds and cultures,’ she said.

She said more people were trying to grow their own vegetables at home, but with the increase in cottage blocks and apartment buildings, this was becoming harder to do. Crs Frank Cvitan, Dianne Guise, Stuart Mackenzie and Ian Goodenough supported the motion.

‘While it is difficult to bring to fruition these community gardens, this is an innovation that can bring great benefits to the City and to the community,’ Cr Mackenzie said.

‘In the coastal ward, we have two community gardens: one in Butler and one at Quinns Beach Primary School and both are very successful in terms of bringing the community together,’ Cr Goodenough said.

In a council document, City Administration said the community purpose site could be a possibility and it was not listed for development in the City’s 10 Year Capital Works Program.

Councillors voted to approve an investigation into starting the community garden and a request for a draft policy for the development and management of community gardens within the City.

A report is expected to be delivered to councillors in September.