Thyme for a new community growing space

Monday, 30 July 2018

Council is looking for enthusiastic green thumbs to dig in and share their ideas for a community growing space in Ascot Vale. 

Moonee Valley Mayor Cr John Sipek said this community space would be a place for people to get together, share their gardening skills and knowledge, and connect with their neighbours.

“In a bustling urban centre it can be easy to lose touch with nature and feel isolated from your community. Our hope is that this space would encourage people to get out there, get their hands dirty, and feel an increased sense of community belonging,” Cr Sipek said.

“It would also be a great opportunity for residents, especially those with limited outdoor space, to grow their own food, teach children about where food comes from, and promote a more sustainable lifestyle.

“The space would be managed and maintained by the community and we are now looking for locals who are keen to be a part of this exciting project.”

Portfolio holder for Leisure and Active Communities, Deputy Mayor Cr Samantha Byrne, said the plan was for Walter Reserve in Ascot Vale to be the location for the space, depending if there was enough community interest.

“The open space beside the Walter Street pavilion is an excellent environment as it’s close to the sports pavilion, and provides easy access to car parking, toilets and harvested rainwater from the existing water tank,” Cr Byrne said.

“This location would also increase the level of passive surveillance for those using the pavilion as well as the use and ownership of the grounds and infrastructure.”

Council is holding an information session for interested community members to meet and share ideas. If you’d like to see a community gardening space in Walter Reserve, make sure you come along.

When: Monday, 27 August, 7pm–8.30pm
Where: Walter Reserve Pavilion, Walter Street, Ascot Vale

Visit our Community Gardens page to register and for more information.

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Last updated: Tuesday, 22 January 2019, 11:59 PM