July 5, 2014  |  Members Statement

Members Statement – East Keilor Sustainability Street Community Garden

Mr CARROLL (Niddrie) — I rise to congratulate the members and committee behind the East Keilor Sustainability Street Community Garden. At the start of June this year the community garden celebrated its 10th anniversary. Among those celebrating were president Bob Carter, secretary Margaret Marshall, treasurer Kevin Marshall, and committee members Val Stringer, Ron Blair and Noel Nickels, who have been part of the community garden since its inception. East Keilor Sustainability Street was first formed in September 2003 by Sarah Pearce, who helped to set up the community garden, notably establishing it and developing the children’s garden. In June 2004 the community garden itself was established at Tuppal Place park. It has since grown from its initial 8 members to 75 members, with constant demand for garden plots. There are 53 regular beds, as well as garden beds for children and people with disabilities.

The East Keilor Sustainability Street Community Garden is a fantastic local institution that
brings together a diverse range of people from our community, encouraging cooperation, community involvement and sustainable living practices. From the emphasis on fresh, locally grown produce to the use of solar power and water tanks, it is great to see locals showing that they care for our environment at such a grassroots level. I take this opportunity to thank and congratulate the East Keilor Sustainability Street Community Garden on a very happy and successful 10th birthday. I look forward to continuing to work with those involved in the future and congratulate them on their contribution to our local
community. Well done, East Keilor Sustainability Street Community Garden.