Stawell, Victoria, Australia: A Community Works to Create aCommunity Garden
- Subject: [cg] Stawell, Victoria, Australia: A Community Works to Create aCommunity Garden
- From: Adam36055@aol.com
- Date: Mon, 11 Apr 2005 23:03:39 EDT
Moves afoot to establish community garden
Tuesday, 12 April 2005
Several members of the Stawell and District Residents Association have formed
a sub-committee with the aim of establishing a community garden in Stawell.
Committee member Robert Illig was at the Wakeham Street site last week with
Sustainable Development Co-ordinator with Stawell Gold Mines, Laura Chibnall,
digging for a soil sample for testing.
Stawell Gold Mines has generously offered free labor and will cover the cost
of the laboratory test until funding comes through.
The preferred site is the vacant block in Wakeham Street, near the railway
line between Sloane and Doyle Streets. If this first test proves there is no
significant contamination, further tests will be carried out over the site, and
on soil being imported for raised garden beds.
The committee is seeking incorporation to be a group in its own right, but is
pleased to have the support of the Stawell and District Residents Association
in the meantime.
The committee recognises that none of the work on trying to establish a
community garden would not have been possible without the tireless effort of Mrs
Edna Osborn. Edna has researched and visited other community gardens from
Geelong-West, Melbourne, Ballarat and Bendigo.
The committee plans to lift the best ideas from them all. These groups have
all given encouragement, newsletters and commonsense advice.
Northern Grampians Shire Council officers have also provided much practical
It is proposed that the committee will have approximately 10 family plots and
some others for general growing, preference being given to those who have no
garden space of their own.
Members of the committee feel the garden will give opportunity for sharing
both gardening expertise and produce.
When the administrative establishment work has been completed the committee
will hold a public meeting and invite interested people to join.
It is hoped there will be a balance of experience and enthusiasm, with others
eager to learn to grow vegetables for themselves. Once introduced to fresh
fruit and vegetables most people take a real interest in all food.
Throughout Victoria there are gardens where the local community garden has
become the meeting place and focus for real community activity.
So far the committee has had enthusiastic support from the council,
Neighborhood Watch, Friends of the Earth, and various schools.
Anyone interested in any aspect of a community garden for Stawell should
watch out for more information, or contact Edna Osborn 53581 885, or Roz Byass
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