2012 to 2022 - celebrating 10 years of Mandurah community gardening
CREATED FROM COMMUNITY ROOTS
The beginnings of the project to create a community garden in Mandurah began with interested local community members coming together to form a working group called the "Happy Patches Garden Project". Through many meetings and informal discussions, these private meetings led to the formation of a steering committee in June 2011 to manage the project, to research and to plan the way forward. Eventually, the project was renamed the "Community Garden Project" and Mandurah Community Gardens was beginning to take form, progressing further with each meeting.
The amazing hard work of these founding volunteers brought the concept of a community garden to life with their extensive research, community networking, encouraging involvement of local businesses and government, and the passionate dedication of their personal time and effort.
This is the essence of what a community garden really is: It's not only for growing food and other plants — it helps the community to grow, together.
From hard work and a great team effort, Mandurah Community Gardens is here for the community.
We acknowledge the involvement and hard work of these founding members, and give special thanks to all those people who were involved in the original Happy Patches Project/Community Garden Project:
Tim Williams (City of Mandurah), Carole and Don De Silva, Les Hodgson, Jan Rowe, Matthew Skipworth, Leanne Alexander, Ray Eastwell, Craig Dobbs, Marion Clive, Jenny Boivin, Alison Matthews, Dianne Jones, Marzel Norton, Corey Boivin, Jan Rowe, Gary Carlisle, Jon Tindale, Michael Oborn, Wendy & Jeff Haywood, Jenny Ngatai, Nicole Young, Ray Eastwell, Kara Breitenbach, Zoe & Ari Foster, Lanny Hoskin, Alisdair Wardle, Rosemary Drexter, Pam Ryan, Joel Colley and Jesse Steele.
N.B. Our apologies to anyone not included in this list - if you know of someone, please let us know.
It was a big team effort to create Mandurah Community Gardens. As project member Jon Tindale would say, "Together Everyone Achieves More".
Message of congratulations from City Of Mandurah Mayor Paddi Creevey
To Tim Williams, May 30, 2012:
“Warmest congratulations to you and all your team on an absolutely great event and a wonderful project. I had such great feedback about your own role and the way you worked with the working group. This is a terrific initiative and I would like you to pass on my congratulations to everyone involved. It went so well on the day. I know a lot of work has been involved , but it is sure worth it. Well done"
~ Paddi Creevey
Firstly, of course, land is required - there wont be a community garden without it.
The area had to be large enough to accommodate the needs of a community to grow food, and it had to be central and accessible to the local community.
A part of Coodanup College's land was kindly allocated to the community garden by the WA Department of Education and Coodanup College.
Originally, there was 900m² ( 0.1ha) allocated for the garden, with a fence perimeter of 148m². Later in 2013 the area was extended to its present day size of 1,172m² (0.18ha), with a fenced perimeter of 262m.
Over all these years, Coodanup College have been a wonderful friend, landlord and neighbour to Mandurah Community Gardens - without their assistance and support, the gardens may not never have found a home.
Flyer calling for community members to get involved in the Mandurah Community Gardens project - 2011
Healthy Active by Design Case Study of Mandurah Community Gardens