Gardeners aim to feed the community

Gardeners aim to feed the community

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Helen Skiadas and Raylene Pickett in front of proposed garden area. Photograph - Richard Polden.

Twelve community-based organisations from across Western Australia, including one Queens Park-based group, will have garden projects brought to life thanks to the State Government’s Community Gardens Grants Program.

Grants provided through the program support the establishment and upgrading of community gardens that enable people to participate in community life.

The Community Gardens Grants Program provides grants of up to $10,000 per project.

Queens Park’s Beananing Kwuurt Institute received $9,659 to establish their community garden at 188 Treasure Road, and the Institute’s Helen Skiadas said the Aboriginal organisation’s aim was to provide fresh fruit and vegetables to the wider Queens Park community.

“We received LotteryWest funding for the reticulation so this new funding will really kick-start the garden,” she said,

“We currently have food pickup program from Second Bite, but we want to provide the community with really fresh vegetables and fruit.

“We’ll be running workshops on growing your own food and a wide range of initiatives so this funding is definitely a boost not just for us but for the whole community.”

The funding can be used on a wide range of garden-related items and services, from plants, seedlings and fertiliser to planning, design and training services.

The program has an emphasis on inclusiveness and accessibility, and community participation by individuals and organisations.

A number of this year’s grants will fund projects that improve disability access to community gardens.

Grants are open to incorporated not-for-profit community organisations, local government authorities and community groups.