from Mandurah Community Gardens
Many hands make light work...
Mandurah Community Gardens exists because of the work that our volunteers have put in to make it a place to grow food, to make friends, and to raise awareness in our community about growing our own food in good company. It couldn't keep going without the help of so many volunteers who contribute their time and energy, and share their knowledge.
Like most community assets, this community garden is run as a registered non-profit organisation that requires a team of people that work together on the committee to manage it.
Our garden is like any garden - always planning ahead, making decisions and considering the options to take. And of course, making the most of it means enjoying each other's company and having a great time!
Being a member of a community garden is just like any other community organisation. It is not like being a member of a buying club or a library because it is socially orientated and an activity-based kind of membership. It's value to the member is inherently derived from what members individually put into it.
For the cost of a very inexpensive membership, Mandurah Community Gardens does provide its members with a place that is resplendent with facilities, cheap leasable and free community plots, fertiliser, seeds, tools, amenities, social events and educational workshops, plus much more — everything a good community garden and every individual member needs to keep growing.
We also extend our invitation to the wider community to attend our events, our workshops, and to visit the gardens when we are open.
If you ask every member who volunteers why they volunteer to help, they will tell you that they get so much more from participating in helping with the garden. They know it truly pays wonderful dividends on what they contribute.
Our members strive to keep the costs of running a garden and the cost of membership down, but the only way to achieve this and keep a community garden is to receive funding and donations from individuals, businesses and government. Still, funding isn't anywhere near enough to run a community garden without the personal effort of our volunteers.
Positions needed to be filled
As we have advertised through email, our Bulletin newsletter, on Facebook and on this website, we have roles that urgently need to be filled on the committee. We need volunteers for:
All of these roles are vital for Mandurah Community Gardens to function, and for it to continue to exist. Our committee members are currently pulling together to help with these roles, but it places an unfair burden on each of them to do the extra tasks required for each role above what they already do. Ultimately, it is in the best interests of all our members if every member will give their consideration to this and help us however they can.
All the roles will have training provided and support from our committee members. The average commitment required for most roles is anywhere for 1-2 hours a week and sometimes a bit more for events or workshops. Committee members are required to attend a committee meeting once a month.
The help from volunteers is how we have got this far, and it's how we will continue to keep going and growing.
If you think you can help your community garden by volunteering your time and skills, please contact Jenny or Cheryl via the form on this website.
Produce was collected from the Garden before the class so everything was wonderfully fresh. Once all the dishes were cooked, we all had a taste and it was delicious.
A big thank you to the the ladies for sharing their cultural dishes with us, we all thoroughly enjoyed the morning.
These workshops and events that have been running from 2021 until this one in October 2023 would not have been possible without the very kind and generous support of the City of Mandurah.
The members and committee of Mandurah Community Gardens thank you!
On Friday 17th February, The Hon. David Templeman MLA, a long time supporter and patron of Mandurah Community Gardens, provided a fantastic morning tea for members at Mandurah Community Gardens to celebrate getting a $15,000 grant from Lotterywest.
David, a keen gardener himself with a particular fondness for growing veggies from heirloom (heritage) seeds, kindly paid for the catering from Miss Maud's in Mandurah which was comprised of a delicious selection of their famous club sandwiches and cakes!
David is as excited as all of us to see how the gardens will benefit with the extension of the covered patio area, and the installation of a new kitchen in the common room (the big shed), to built this year.
A big thank you to Lotterywest for helping us with a grant, and to David for providing the occasion to celebrate!
The event was covered in the local news by The Mandurah Mail and The Coastal Times in print and on their websites.
*Click on the images below to view the articles on their websites
Starting in November and continuing in December on successive Tuesdays, the air will be filled with beautiful sound as vocal coach Sarah Morrison from Musical Kite String holds singing workshops at Mandurah Community Gardens.
Cost is $10 per session to attend and participate. Make a booking by phoning 0449 795 574
Tuesday 29 November - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Tuesday 6th Dec - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Tuesday 13th Dec - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
As Sarah says, "Singing is great for the soul, it boosts mental health and confidence". So why not get involved and share with others in the moment?
No experience is necessary to attend, and everyone is welcome to come down and learn how to express themselves. It's a joyful tonic for the soul.
If this is you, or you know someone that would love to come along and try, please pass this on.
Chris Smyth the WA Coordinator for Community Gardens Australia was the MC for the day and he did a great job. Thank you Chris!
The opening ceremony was the culmination of years of hard work volunteered by many community members in Mandurah. It wasn't an easy task to start a community garden, with many initial attempts made.
However, you can't stop a great idea, and the discussion of a community garden continued and began to form into a working group, which then developed into a project, which eventually led to the success of establishing a community garden for Mandurah. It was quite an effort with a lot of persistence to create this incredible asset for the community.
On Sunday 22nd May 2022, we held a small event with current members, past members and supporters to celebrate the 10 years that Mandurah Community Gardens has been around. We acknowledged the wonderful achievements made from the past to the present that not only made our community garden possible, but enabled it to continue to thrive.
The event was opened by Jennifer Boivin, the current president of Mandurah Community Gardens starting with the Noongar greeting "Kaya - Wandjoo" (hello and welcome), as an acknowledgement to our first nations people.
In attendance were representatives from the City Of Mandurah, including Deputy Mayor Caroline Knight, Councillors Don Pember, Daniel Wilkins and Amber Kearns, and Community Development Officer Tom Wood - who has been most helpful in coordinating the supply of equipment, funding, and other support for the event.
Caroline Knight provided the guest-of-honour speech on behalf of the City of Mandurah, paying tribute for the efforts of many past and present volunteers and supporters. The Deputy Mayor also acknowledged the City of Mandurah's support for the existence of community gardens in Mandurah, the enthusiasm that the City of Mandurah has for Mandurah Community Gardens itself, and how they view Mandurah Community Gardens as a great asset for the people of the City of Mandurah, helping maintain the health and mental wellbeing of our community.
Also in attendance was former Lord Mayor Paddi Creevey, who had officiated the launch of Mandurah Community Gardens back in 2012. Paddi, ever the orator, gave a insightful speech reflecting on the beginning of the garden, and reviewing the merits of having a community garden, what it means to be a community, and it how it helps us all.
Apologies were received from David Templeman, who had planned to come but unfortunately was unable to attend at the last minute. We hope you are able to come to the 20th Anniversary David!
Other Special Guests
Also attending the event were volunteers, representatives and supporters who helped to make Mandurah Community Gardens so great. Some were members from the past, some were past officials of local government and business, and some were in the original project that was instrumental in making the gardens happen.
We would like to thank these people who attended the event for their past and continued support of Mandurah Community Gardens:
These pictures were taken by members of Mandurah Community Gardens at the 10th Anniversary Celebration, and Perri Polson for the Mandurah Mail.
Click on the slideshow below to view the latest pictures added to our Google Photos Album.
We even printed a book!
A preview of some of the pages in our 10th Anniversary photobook
We have a new History Page in the works - come back to our website.
We had the pleasure of 40 children from 4 Big Kids OSHC visiting Mandurah Community Gardens as part of their school holiday program. The children who were aged from 6 to 12, rotated in groups through 3 activities. MCG President Jenny showed how to add soil and different flower seeds to a cut down egg carton then add sticks for feelers to make it look like a caterpillar.
MCG Secretary Lana explained how to create a dinosaur garden in a clean recycled pot using succulents and stones.
And Cheryl the Garden Coordinator talked about compost worms and worm farms. Worms don't like skin so the children used a stick to find baby worms and big worms and worm eggs.
The group took their creations home and plan to install a worm farm at their centre soon. They will have plenty of children to look after these special creatures.
A fantastic day had by all and an opportunity to reuse, repurpose and recycle made it even better. A big THANKS to Jenny and Lana - I couldn't have managed it without your help!
Mandurah Community Gardens was contacted by Katherine, one of the organisers of the Australian Association For Environmental Education's (AAEE) 21st Biennial Conference and 4th Research Symposium being held in Mandurah on the 28th to the 30th September. This conference aims to showcase innovative, practical and effective tools to help us "change the tides" of environmental and sustainability education.
The community garden was asked if we would accept the organic waste from the conference. Of course, we said yes!
Once the day's waste was weighed and recorded, it found it's way to the garden's worm farms and compost heap. One hundred people were able to reduce their lunch, morning and afternoon tea waste down to one bucket full. Wrapped in worm and compost friendly bags made from vegetables and not plastic the waste was collected by Cheryl from the garden then the bags were torn up and added with the food scraps, serviettes and green bags to a worm farm and the compost as an experiment to see how long it will take the bags to break down.
How amazing it is to be associated with this important event for the environment and sustainability!
Mandurah Community Gardens is doing it's bit by using organic practices and collecting items for recycling that aren't able to go into the yellow bin for collection. We are working our way towards zero waste and a "plastic bag free" community garden.
Marissa from Bindi Bindi Dreaming and Mark from Tucker Bush shared lots of information about indigenous culture, history, using native plants as food, medicine and ointments.
We used all our senses as plants were passed around for a closer look. Then the group made up of all ages joined in to plant 20 plants using compost made at the garden in the bottom of each hole. We now have a fantastic collection of Tucker Bush plants for every one to enjoy and use in their diet. Lots to learn about the ways to eat, cook or use these plants as an ointment.
Following the planting, people enjoyed a chat, a sausage sizzle and a tour of the garden. Mark made everyone happy having some extra Tucker Bus plants to purchase and take home to add to their garden.
A big THANKS to Sue for cooking the sausages and all the other members for their help today.
Thanks to the City of Mandurah for sponsoring this workshop and for the use of their gazebo which protected us from the rain.