THE first sod is ready to be turned on a new community garden at the Warrane Mornington Neighborhood Centre.
The new garden has been made possible with a $10,000 grant from the Federal Government under the first round of the Stronger Communities Program.
The Clarence City Council has leased the land to the Neighbourhood Centre, which will now work on expanding its garden into the community.
Shadow Minister for Aging and Mental Health Julie Collins, who recommended the project for funding, said she was pleased to work with the Clarence City Council and the Neighbourhood Centre on the project.
“The new community garden will add considerably to the vibrancy of the community,” she said.
In an effort to consult on the future of the garden, the Neighbourhood Centre held a barbecue with help from the Rotary Club of Howrah.
“It was great to see the draft designs for this project and for the community to get a say in how the garden will operate,” Ms Collins said.
“The project was initiated by a local Warrane resident who was keen to work on a productive garden that would benefit the wider community.
“They have joined with the Neighbourhood Centre and Council to make this happen.
“I look forward to the garden bringing together residents from many different backgrounds, sharing in different foods and culture.”
The third round of the Stronger Communities Program will open on 7 August.
Community groups interested in applying for funding should contact the office of Julie Collins by emailing Julie.Collins.MP@aph.gov.au or phoning 6244 1222.
Caption: From left, Howrah Rotary Club members Val Newton, David Mitchell, Suzanne Watton, Shadow Minister for Aging and Mental Health Julie Collins, Jacob George and Gayle Smith.