The green light has been given by City of Port Phillip to establish a community garden at the Mary Kehoe community centre in Danks Street, Albert Park. It's delightful news for a group of Albert Park and Middle Park residents who approached Council in mid 2009 about the prospect of developing a garden at this location, which has around 320 square metres of land at the rear.
Once established, it will be the first significant community garden to emerge in the Albert Park/Middle Park district. The closest neighbouring community garden is at the South Melbourne Commons/Parish of St Peter and St Paul-which is currently under construction.
Around 30 people have expressed interest to council in having a plot or being involved in the space, and an architect has now been engaged to consult with the community on the design process. If you would like to know more, please contact Sarah Wetherald on 9209 6210.
The Elwood St Kilda Neighbourhood learning centre in Tennyson Street, Elwood, is also getting a serious 'look-in' as a potential community garden site.
The Danks Street and Tennyson Street sites are among fourteen locations flagged by Council as having potential for developing community gardens.