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  • Subject: [cg] CGs "community asset" in Oz
  • From: Don Boekelheide dboekelheide@yahoo.com
  • Date: Thu, 12 Jan 2006 12:52:12 -0800 (PST)

Wednesday, 11 January 2006 

Busselton Dunsborough Mail
Busselton, WA (Western Australia)

A garden for everyone
Scott Maclean

As Busselton continues to grow and block sizes
decrease pressure is mounting on home gardens.
That is why a local group is trying to establish a
community garden for the town.

Community gardens are popular projects in inner city
areas and urban villages where people don't have room
to establish a garden on their own property.

Traditionally, they have also given people from lower
socio-economic areas the chance to grow their own
fruit and vegetables.

Local man Pete Malavisi, who has a background in town
planning and is part of the Busselton Community Garden
Project, said the development would be a big benefit
to the town.

"When you look into them you discover they are not
just a nice thing to look at but they perform a
function," he said.

"They are a community asset.

"They are a good place for people to come together,
share ideas and garden skills and foster community
spirit.

"People ask why we need something like this in
Busselton.

"But as Busselton grows we are expecting higher
density and block sizes to become smaller and tighter.

"There is potential to lose skills as gardens get
smaller."

Plans for the community garden included shared lots
cared for by members.

Mr Malavisi said a number of beds would be rotated
seasonally with an emphasis on growing food.

There would also be leased garden beds of around 12
square metres which community members could lease and
use to grow food or express their garden dreams.

Mr Malavisi said the project group would meet with
council to discuss the idea and proposed sites later
this month.


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