Kulin will soon look a little greener after an announcement this week that the local Shire would receive $20,000 through the State Government’s Community Gardens Program.
Funding of more than $250,000 was provided for 19 community gardens across WA, with the grants aimed at providing community members with better access and opportunities to connect with the environment and other people.
The funding will allow the 19 groups to maintain or start community gardens, as part of the second round of the program. Member for Wagin Terry Waldron MLA said the initiative provided opportunities for greater understanding between parents, young people and different cultures, as well as opportunities for older people who might feel isolated.
“There has been overwhelming interest in this program, which shows how important these types of projects are to community members,” Mr Waldron said.“Garden projects such as the one at Kulin will allow community members to participate in community life, get outdoors and enjoy the fresh air and relate to other locals with similar interests. Participants will also have the chance to use their ‘green thumb’ skills to give back to the community.”
Funding can cover items such as garden feasibility, planning and design; development of policies and manuals; training, workshops and other events at the garden; community
engagement strategies and projects or building the capacity of the community garden sector and volunteers.
Mr Waldron said the Shire of Kulin would use its $20,000 for professional services, such as to design the area, assist with planting, marketing the project, site works to clear and level the area, establish a water system, connect electricity, purchase materials for garden beds and build garden beds and purchase soils and associated items.
To date, 27 projects totalling $349,932 have been funded through the Department of Local Government and Communities, as part of a commitment to encourage social interaction and healthy living within WA communities. The Community Gardens Program provides up to $20,000 for new community gardens and up to $10,000 for existing community garden.
For more information, visit http://www.communities.wa.gov.au
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