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Helping gardens grow

MORE than $90,000 will be distributed to 21 Neighbourhood Houses across Tasmania – including several on the Eastern Shore – to establish or enhance their community gardens.

The Tasmanian Neighbourhood Houses Community Garden Grants Program provides funding to support Neighbourhood Houses to maintain, grow and establish community gardens.Successful local applicants include the Rokeby ($5,000), Warrane Mornington ($4,820), Clarendon Vale ($4,820) and Risdon Vale ($5,000) Neighbourhood Centres; the Midway Point ($5,000) and Dunalley Tasman ($3,894) Neighbourhood Houses; and the Bridgewater ($5,000), Gagebrook ($5,000) and Okines ($5,000) Community Houses.Liberal Member for Franklin Dean Young said the grants will help Neighbourhood Houses purchase equipment so their community gardens can flourish.

“Community gardens, like those at the Neighbourhood Houses in my electorate of Franklin, provide opportunities for people to come together, make connections, access healthy food, connect with the environment and develop valuable skills,” he said.

“A Tasmanian first, the grants program addresses the important health and wellbeing benefits associated with community gardens and is a pillar of our approach to supporting food resilience in Tasmania.

“With cost-of-living pressures increasing, community gardens can play an important role in providing fresh, nutritious food to Tasmanians who need help.

“Community gardens also play an important role supporting local communities to build self-sufficiency – a key priority for the Government under Tasmania’s first-ever Food Security Strategy, released in 2021.”

A full list of successful applicants can be found atwww.dpac.tas.gov.au

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