Community garden in the centre of town

Article image - Community garden in the centre of town Digging in for a community garden.

The Casterton community could soon be growing fruit, vegetables and native plants together in the heart of the township following support for a much-anticipated project.

Glenelg Shire Council, Victoria, has secured funding through the Federal Government’s Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program to establish a community garden for Casterton located at the popular Island Park precinct.

The project will see infrastructure such as new pathways, garden beds and a storage shed installed to accommodate the project.

Project advocate, Sardie Edgar said the gardens would have a number of benefits, including social cohesion and improved mental health.

“The support from Council to get this up and running will be a fantastic boost to the town and community.

“The beautiful thing is that this [project] is open to all ages of the community, there is so much knowledge in the community that can be passed down to our younger generations.

“People can be as involved as they like and don’t need permission to go and pull some weeds out or pick some carrots!”

A community meeting has been organised for interested residents to share their thoughts, visions and ideas on the project.

“The great thing about the garden is that the community can have input in making and creating it how they want and really own the project.

“This is such a positive initiative after a tough year for everyone and we hope lots of people can come and have their say and get involved.”