More dollars for diggers

• Julien, 4, Daniel, 10 and Luna, 7 with chook Pixie at Hilton Harvest. Photo by Carmelo Amalfi

• Julien, 4, Daniel, 10 and Luna, 7 with chook Pixie at Hilton Harvest. Photo by Carmelo Amalfi

Green thumbs and chook lovers can apply for $20,000 to establish new community gardens while existing fruit and vegie patches can access $10,000 for upgrades.

One of Freo’s sustainable success stories, Hilton Harvest, says it will put up its hand for new funding after the WA government announced $400,000 over four years. There are already 40 community gardens across WA.

“We are definitely interested in applying for the funds,” president Amy Warne told the Chook. “There is always something to do and fix in a garden.”

WA local government minister Tony Simpson describes the funding as, “a great initiative to find a way to help our communities grow”.

He says social engagement is an important aspect.

“They also promote responsible living, community living and healthy living through the growing of fruit and vegetables, especially given residential blocks in our communities are getting smaller and people need to engage more with each other.”

The cost of establishing a garden can range from $150 to $150,000, with some achieving turnovers of millions of dollars a year from markets stalls.

by CARMELO AMALFI

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