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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 4 Hansard (11 April) . . Page.. 1134 ..

Community gardens

(Question No 96)

Mr Stefaniak asked the Minister for Urban Services, upon notice:

In relation to the garden centre on the corner of William Hovell Drive and Bindubi Street (Cook).

(1) How many garden centres have been established in the ACT region.

(2) For each site, what were the establishment costs, ie fence, seeds etc.

(3) For each site, (a) when were the gardens established? (b) what is grown? (c) is water provided on site and if so (d) who pays for the water usage and (e) how many people are involved in the daily running of the centre?

(4) Are the gardens under contract and if so could you name the persons and/or companies involved.

(5) Are there leases involved and if so could you name those persons and/or organisations involved.

Mr Wood: The answer to the member's questions is as follows:

(1) There are 10 community gardens administrated by the Canberra Organic Growers Society (COGS) within the Canberra region. They are located at: Cook, Cotter plots (near the Yarralumla Woolshed), Holder, Kambah, Erindale, Theodore, Oaks Estate, Mitchell, Charnwood and Queanbeyan.

The Old Narrabundah Community Council is currently establishing a community garden on land behind the local shopping centre in Kootara Cres.

The ACT Public housing complex at Gowrie Courts has also established a community garden for their tenants.

(2) The Community Renewal Program funded three of the COGS Community Gardens for a total of $30,000, located at Kambah, Cook and Holder. The funding covered fencing, in ground water pipes, taps and standpipes, a garden shed with concrete floor and a ride on mower that services all the COGS gardens. The COGS organisation was able to network through businesses and community to obtain materials, labour and donations in kind to achieve this work within the available funding. The other seven COGS gardens were primarily funded from sources other than government, therefore, detailed establishment costs are not known.

Nine thousand dollars has been contributed to the establishment of the Narrabundah Community Garden through the Community Renewal Program. Other contributions, from community "in kind" support are estimated to be to the value of $20,000. The Narrabundah community garden is part of a larger project that includes the upgrading of the old Narrabundah tennis courts, clubhouse, and sensory garden.

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