Wongan Hills Community Garden Project

Community gardens are increasingly being recognised as a tool to facilitate educational opportunities, as well as promoting community spirit through the sharing of knowledge, skills and resources. The project commenced July 2018, generously supported by funding from the Department of Communities.

Before: The old 'Sheep Saleyards'

After: A Community Garden Plot

Shire Objectives:

In initialising this project and developing it to a point that a Community Group could take on the space, the Shire set the following objectives for the development and implementation phases: 

  • The garden will be a place that everyone will be encouraged to be involved in, whether it be through the use of a garden plot, volunteering their time to help others, gardening in the communal spaces, or even just by donating resources such as garden tools, garden clippings for compost or kitchen scraps.
  • Learning – by creating opportunities for people to share their skills with others through sharing the space and having areas that people can get together and share ideas and knowledge. The school has been approached and offered use of the facilities to cover curriculum that they cannot do so at the school. Providing access to workshops and events on a range of gardening issues.
  • Environment – environmentally sound gardening practices will be promoted by providing an area for people to make communal compost and mulch. The garden is being designed to accommodate solar panels to be able to run pumps and all other power needs.
  • Accessibility – the garden will be designed in a way that everyone will be able to access the plots and other areas amongst the garden no matter the age or ability of a person.
  • Social and Cultural Diversity – the garden will be a place where all individuals, diverse in age, cultural backgrounds and economic status can mix and work together to form friendships which works towards a sense of community.

Latest Updates:

In 2018, the site of the 'Old Sheep Saleyards' was identified by the Shire as an ideal location for a Community Garden. The Shire worked to remove the yards, level the area and provide earthworks and utility connections ready for a group to establish community plots on the site, and to make the existing kiosk and ablution blocks serviceable after a period of non-use. 

In early 2019, the Shire arranged for all interested community members to take a road trip on a provided Shire bus to visit other Community Gardens in the Perth metropolitan area. Shortly after, the Shire facilitated an inception meeting and the Wongan Hills Community Gardens group was established. The group then took operational control and have certainly hit the ground running. The group has been successful in securing further funding, developed membership guidelines, leased several plots to community members and further expanded and planned garden beds and infrastructure on the site. 

The Shire of Wongan-Ballidu continues to provide security of tenure, water and electricity to the site.

The group holds regular busy bees and welcomes any prospective members or community members to come and have a look! 

You can find the Wongan Hills Community Gardens on Commercial Road, Wongan Hills, or at their Facebook Page

Before: The levelled site

After: A Community Garden Plot. In the background are other plots sown with Lupins as a nitrogen fixing mulch. 

Before: The site after the Shire ripped the garden beds and installed the water tank and reticulation 

After: The group's brand new sign with the now serviceable kiosk and ablution blocks in the background

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