Saturday, October 16, 2010

Coburg Community Garden Update - Part 2: Council Site Review

A while back when we made initial contact with Council we were encouraged to propose our site so that the Asset department could establish its status. At that stage, we had a list of locations that might be suitable. Far too vague. We agreed to submit a short-list of potential sites rather than narrow ourselves to one.

Each of the locations on our map was rated between 1 and 5 (1 being poor, 5 being ideal) for the following criteria:

  • Size,
  • Toilet Access,
  • Aspect/Sunlight,
  • Water Access / Harvesting,
  • Access to site.
Here are the sites we proposed to council for review (in no particular order).
Last week Council indicated that they see two sites as possibly viable - 29 Reynard St (possibly earmarked for sale) and the unused Trugo Club near Newlands Community Centre (not on our list as we didn't know about it then but it was pointed out to me by some people involved with the community centre).

Council say they should finalise their review and provide an update next week, more when we hear something.

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We're working together for a vibrant, sustainable network of community gardening locations in Moreland.

Our a 100% volunteer-based non-profit community group currently manages two community gardens in West Brunswick and Pentridge a food forest (also in West Brunswick).

Stop and think for 1 minute and you'll come up with at least one good reason for having community gardens all over the place. In case you don't have a minute or need some help, here are our top five!
  1. To bring people together.
  2. To hold on to Moreland's character and gardening knowledge.
  3. To provide somewhere where people can do some physical activity, relax and enjoy themselves
  4. To encourage sustainable gardening
  5. To make it easy for people to get hold of healthy locally grown food