AN UNDERUSED PARK in Redfern will become the first community garden developed by local residents with the support of the City of Sydney's Local Action Plan Matching Grants Program.
On Monday night Council's Environment and Heritage Committee unanimously approved development of the garden in James Street
A group of local residents and businesses initiated the proposal to create a dynamic community space, and have received a Matching Grant of $8,000 towards the project. Matching Grants aim to encourage community initiative, innovation and creativity. The James Street Community Garden Group will match the City's grant with equivalent in-kind and cash contributions.The project will provide the local community with opportunities to develop skills in organic gardening and sustainable living through workshops and active involvement in the garden.
City staff have worked closely with the Group to plan and design the garden, which will include raised garden beds for communal use, fruit trees and compost bins. The Group hopes establishing the garden in the Reserve will encourage community connections and discourage dumping and anti-social behaviour.
Our Community Gardens Policy provides a framework for establishing and managing community gardens as opportunities for growing food, learning and sharing information about sustainable living practices and building communities.
Local groups interested in getting a community garden going should contact Annie Walker, our Community Garden and Volunteer Coordinator. You may also be able to obtain support through the City's Local Action Plan Matching Grants Program.
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