The seed was planted...
Mandurah Community Gardens covers an area of approximately 0.152 hectares of land (approximately 220 square metres), located on WA Education Department land with Coodanup College in Coodanup, a suburb of Mandurah.
It was the first community garden to be established in Mandurah and was officially opened in 2012.
The negotiation for the provision of the land was organised through the amazing efforts of Tim Williams, a councillor for the City Of Mandurah.
With the help of initial funding grants and help from volunteers, the final layout of the area was planned, the land cleared and prepared, and the common area shed and patio was constructed.
Mandurah Community Gardens Inc. was then officially set up and club and incorporated as a association on the 3rd May 2013.
Over the years, Mandurah Community Gardens has continued to grow with both members, and the addition of many features, such as:
Mandurah Community Gardens is widely considered by the local community of Mandurah to be one it's most valuable assets, providing a unique and accessible place to grow, learn and enjoy in the benefits of community gardening. We have received much support over the years from our local government representatives, by the City of Mandurah, and our local state government representatives.
The Committee of Mandurah Community Gardens Inc.
All financial members of Mandurah Community Gardens are welcome to join the committee. Members can be invited to be on the committee, or can volunteer themselves to join at the AGM. Committee involvement is strongly encouraged of all members as way to get involved in developing the gardens, to learn more about gardening, and to help establish their connection with the other members.
Committee members help with planning and staging activities at they gardens. They are also the ambassadors for the gardens - there is always someone available to chat with visitors and introduce them to this fabulous community garden.
Committee Meetings are held once a month and an Annual General Meeting is convened in July of each year where the committee is dissolved and reformed with roles and committee members for the coming year. The committee consists of 4 Office Holders acting in executive roles as outlined in the Rules of Association: President (& Chairperson), Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, there can be appointed arbitrary roles for ongoing responsibilities for special purposes such as a Garden Coordinator or an Events Manager, and a minimum of 3 supporting Ordinary Committee Members.
The function of the committee is to manage and maintain the gardens by:
- Planning and arranging events for the garden,
- Handle requests and questions from the general members,
- Managing maintenance and upgrades of the garden,
- Setting policies for members safety, access and use of the gardens,
- Developing and sustaining our connection to the community,
- Ensuring the gardens remains financially secure,
- As well as many other tasks.
Introducing the Committee Members
The 2021-2022 committee members for Mandurah Community Gardens Inc. are:
- Jennifer Boivin - President
- Bill Rigg - Vice President
- Lana Kenen - Secretary
- Cheryl Ivey - Garden Coordinator
- Bernice Mills - Treasurer
- Paul Hammond - IT/Admin
- Sue Paull
- Teresa Muir
- Edna Slaughter
- Brian Camden