Coastal Community Garden

The City would like to hear your thoughts about developing a community food garden in a grassed area of Laurie Strutt Reserve close to Mt Flora Museum, in Watermans Bay. Closing date: 22 June 2020 Follow project

A group of local residents have submitted an application to create a new community food garden in one of two sites on Laurie Strutt Reserve.

We would like to know whether you support the proposal and, if so, which site you prefer.

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What are community gardens?

Community gardens are places where people come together to grow fresh food, to learn new skills and make new friends. Community gardens are typically on public land and are run, maintained and used by the community. There are traditionally two main styles (or a mix of both.)

  • Shared gardens where participants share the gardening and the harvest
  • Allotment gardens where participants manage their own plot and share the maintenance of common areas.

Community gardens typically consist of vegetable beds and planter boxes, fruit trees, waste disposal systems such as compost and habitat for wildlife including logs and water features. However, it isn’t all about gardening! Community gardens can also be a meeting place or to teach or learn new skills.

Does the City of Stirling currently support any other community gardens on City land?

The City provided funding and or assistance for four community garden projects in City owned or managed land. These include Joondanna (2009), Westminster (2012), Hamersley (2014) and Inglewood (2019), and one on a Water Corporation waste water pump station. All of these projects are still active. For more information on these community gardens please visit the Community gardens page.

What are the benefits of community gardens?

Social benefits include providing communities with access to fresh food, encouraging physical activity, building social connections and sense of community.

Environmental benefits include waste reduction, improving air quality and regenerating public spaces.

Will the Coastal Community Garden definitely go ahead?

No, the community garden at the proposed site will only be approved by Council if community consultation shows sufficient community support for the garden and interest to participate.

How will the Coastal Community garden be designed, what will it look like and can I have my own allotted plot?

We don’t know yet. These decisions will be made by the garden committee in consultation with its members if the community garden is approved by Council.

Will the community garden attract anti-social behaviour?

Community gardens do not attract anti-social behavious more than any other forms of public open space. 

Will the garden produce compost odours?

A properly balanced compost pile should not produce bad odours. Compost should smell like dirt and when it doesn’t, there’s something wrong. For example, the compost pile is not properly heating up and breaking down the organic material.

Do you have to be a member to access the community garden?

No, community gardens located on City of Stirling land are open to all members of the community to visit and enjoy, whether they are formal members of the garden or not.

This is in keeping with the Community Garden Policy. 

Is vandalism a problem at community gardens?

Community gardens experience occasional vandalism like any other form of public open space. In cases where it becomes a regular problem, it is managed in partnership by the garden group and the City.

Will there be excessive noise at night or from power tools?

No, the site will be unpowered, therefore limiting the ability for evening events or to run power tools.

Does the City have a Community Garden Policy?

Yes, the Policy was adopted in 2017. Please refer to useful documents. 

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  • Timeline

    Community consultation endorsed by Council

    11 February 2020

    Open for comment/feedback

    8 May 2020

    Public comment concludes

    22 June 2020

    Council briefed on key consultation outcomes and recommendations

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    elvirest asked

    26 May 2020
    Given that parking / traffic congestion has been raised, how will the CoS deal with this should it become a further issue? This query is based on the issues with parking and congestion in Elvire Street, that until the advent of Covid 19 restrictions, had been occurring on a regular basis, due to a local business. There can be upwards of a dozen cars parked on the park verge and street making Elvire Street extremely congested. Although in favour of the garden this issue is a very great concern.

    City of Stirling

    10 June 2020
    Thank you for sharing your concern regarding parking and please make sure to include it in your response to the Your Say Survey so it can be addressed in the report to Council. Should the garden go ahead, some ways in which this issue may be managed include ensuring garden activities do not overlap with times of greatest parking congestion in the street and encouraging garden members to walk or use public transport.
  • Useful documents

    Document nameDownloadable files
    Community Garden Policy92.2KB (PDF)

For more information or alternate formats, contact Gabriela Eiris, Parks and Sustainability on (08) 9205 8555.

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