A WIN FOR INNER CITY GREEN THUMBS!
A proposed new community garden for North and West Melbourne was awarded a $7,000 Stronger Communities Grant through the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, reports West Melbourne resident Bridget Macwhirter.
Macwhirter established a group for local gardeners called the North West Patch with the aim of creating an accessible community garden in two of the most densely populated suburbs in Melbourne.
“I was sick of all the cement in the area, and I wanted to see a more friendly, connected community established” says Macwhirter.
It took two years of hard work and fundraising with the support of the North and West Melbourne Association, but the community garden has a home and will now be able to build garden plots with the $7,000 grant.
“North and West Melbourne is getting a new backyard. It’s great to see local residents taking action at the grassroots level to create what will be a lasting community asset, and I’m delighted that I could assist them with a Federal grant.” says Adam Bandt MP
“As our suburbs become more densely populated, we believe community gardens are essential to the well-being of the community, providing the opportunity for community interaction and fresh affordable food” says Dr Jane Poynter, North and West Melbourne Association.
The new community garden will be established in the courtyard of the North Melbourne Meat Market on Courtney Street, North Melbourne, with one metre square plots that will shared by the garden members and tended to on a roster basis” says Macwhirter, “and the future plan for the Patch is to establish a larger space in West Melbourne and to get the community, council and government to get on board with making a more liveable city.”
The North West Patch community garden will be holding working bees in 2018. Interested North and West Melbourne residents are urged to get in contact and attend these fun, community-focused events.