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.

It is the Shire's vision to have the Wongan Hills Community Garden established and ready for handover for to a Community Advisory Group by the end of the 2018/2019 financial year.  

Objectives

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.

The garden will be designed to accommodate:

  • 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.

The Latest Update

The Community Garden is almost 'shovel ready'. The site has now been cleared of the old sheep sale yards, and the Shire has installed a water tank, pump and commenced irrigation and fencing works. 

The proposed next stages of the project are:  

  • Commence marking off of garden beds and bringing in soil where needed 
  • Commence irrigation works to garden beds 
  • Finalise drafted Management Plan      
  • All interested members of the Community take part in interactive and hands-on workshops on-site, with an external facilitator/’expert’ to finalise planting designs

 

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