Community gardens receive funding boost

Released 01/09/2016

Five local garden projects which help the community grow its own produce will share in $11,000 of additional grant funding, Minister for the Environment, Simon Corbell announced.

“Following the popularity of the $25,000 Community Garden Grants program earlier this year, a second round of grants was opened to the public,” Mr Corbell said.

“Those applying had to show the gardens were of benefit the wider community, encourage social inclusion, promote healthy living and have a high level of community support.

“I would like to congratulate the five community groups set to share in the additional funding from the ACT Government.”

Mr Corbell said several gardens will provide fresh food to disadvantaged Canberrans.

“Community gardens operated by the Canberra Organic Growers Society at Kambah, Cook and Charnwood will receive funds to continue to promote social inclusion in their areas,” Mr Corbell said.

“The Benambra Intentional Community will develop their first garden to create a communal outdoor area for their residents to gather and grow their own fresh produce.

“The Galilee School will develop a garden to support their students with open air education and fresh food.

“Community gardens are a great way for people to grow healthy vegetables and fruit, and have many other advantages such as the positive feeling of the community working together.

“They provide a sense of achievement, opportunities for social interaction, and a great chance to get exercise in the fresh air.”

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