NEWS: Community/Education/Training partnership at the Neighbourhood Garden - graduation 16 June 2016
Since mid April this year, "Erindale Community Construction" has been run as a two day a week course over ten weeks. Twelve high school students drawn from local schools have completed practical and theory components to gain up to five competencies from the Certificate I and II in Construction. This Certificate can lead onto further study at public college, CIT, construction RTOs, school based apprenticeships or full time apprenticeships.
The students, under the supervision and instruction of a Registered Training Organisation, have built some really useful installations at the Garden, including paving under the pergola; building a children's double planter; wheelchair access raised garden bed; standing access raised garden bed; children's "window wall"; xylophone; and a stand for the water tank. [Picture: some of the graduating students at the window wall they built for young children]. The graduation ceremony was a great success, with many parents and family attending to see what terrific work the students have done in the Garden. For more photos of the graduation, go to Photo Galleries tab.
A group of Erindale non-profit organsiations and interested local people have started a new community garden on an 830sq m block of vacant land at 39 Comrie Street, Erindale - just across the road from Erindale Shopping Centre in the heart of the Tuggeranong Valley. In the media every day we hear about childhood obesity and unhealthy eating choices; disconnected youth; or isolated and lonely elderly. The aim of the garden is not only to grow vegetables and to encourage healthy eating; it is even more about building links between individuals and community groups in the neighbourhood, and developing a sense of "belonging" for people in the Erindale precinct.
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The garden of course has raised garden beds to grow vegetables; but it also includes a native and flower garden to relax in and for children to explore, and is designed to be wheelchair-friendly. The theme of the garden is inclusion.
What features are being constructed in the garden?
- 22 raised garden beds for vegetable growing; some beds designed for wheelchair access. 17 now complete!
- Australian native garden and flowers with exploration pathways, sensory garden for people with disabilities such as visual impairment, or Alzheimer's; herb garden; children's play feature; bird feeders. Native plants growing well over summer!
- Covered shade structure for shelter, conversation, and barbecues. Roof now on!
- Utilities area including a secure storage shed, compost bins and workbench. Compost bins and workbench done; shed and floor complete!
- Water. On tap!
- 1,000 litre water tank now in place!
- Mesh fence and gates for security. All done!
Our garden community includes a range of local organisations and individuals from the area that encircles the garden site: members of the Tuggeranong Uniting Church congregation; people who use the Erindale Neighbourhood Centre; members of the Police Community Youth Club; Communities@work Family Day Care; ValleyFM; people living at the adjacent Kimberley Gardens units; and other Erindale residents. The ACT government licence to use the community-zoned land was issued for ten years from 1 May 2015. Construction of Stage 1 is complete, and Stage 2 is well underway.
What is the garden used for?
- growing fruit and vegetables
- educating children and others about plants, growing food, healthy eating and outdoor play
- sharing gardening knowledge and expertise
- informal mentoring
- enjoyment of outdoors and community connections.
Garden site before construction
Looking south east from Comrie Street Sept 2014
Garden site after construction Stage 1
Looking south east from Comrie Street October 2015