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(9) For information on the project and its progress, members of the public may access the Kingston Foreshore website directly at, or via the LDA website at Information is also provided in a quarterly newsletter titled ‘Shoreline’ and registration for the newsletter can be completed on-line at the Kingston Foreshore website. Further, enquiries may be emailed to

Territory and Municipal Services Directorate—community gardens
(Question No 2287)

Ms Le Couteur asked the Minister for Economic Development, upon notice, on 2 May 2012:

(1) Could the Minister provide a full list of the number of community gardens that the Land Development Agency (LDA) has built into estate development plans in new suburbs in the last (a) 12 months and (b) five years.

(2) Can the Minister provide the location of each of these community gardens and when they will be established.

(3) Who will be responsible for the establishment and management of these gardens.

(4) What is the cost of each of these gardens in terms of capital and recurrent funding.

(5) What is the total cost of all community gardens established to date by the LDA, in terms of capital and recurrent funding.

(6) How many are located at (a) schools and (b) Housing ACT sites.

(7) What criteria are used to decide whether a community garden should be established in a particular suburb or area.

(8) How many new gardens are planned to be established before the end of this Assembly.

Mr Barr: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) In the last 12 months, the LDA has included one community garden into the draft estate development plan for the new suburb of Lawson. In the last 5 years, there have been no community gardens included in estate development plans for new suburbs.

(2) The proposed Lawson community garden is centrally located to residents in the College Creek open space corridor. The garden will be established on completion of Stage 2 of Lawson, subject to an organisation expressing an interest in operating the garden.

(3) The LDA will work with Canberra Organic Growers Society (COGS) and other interested providers to establish the community garden. Ongoing management of the garden will be the responsibility of COGS and/or the other interested providers.

(4) The LDA will contribute $50,000 from capital funding towards establishing the proposed Lawson community garden.

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