COMMUNITY GARDEN PLAN

Graham Ross and Keith Stapley (centre) with councillors Frank di Masi and Liz Russo.
Graham Ross and Keith Stapley (centre) with councillors Frank di Masi and Liz Russo.

Plans to set up a community garden in Baulkham Hills got a big thumbs up on Wednesday night with both Hills Shire Mayor Michelle Byrne and gardening expert Graham Ross voicing their support.

Mr Ross, who hosts The Garden Clinic on 2GB and established The Australian Garden Council addressed, public meeting organised by The Rotary Club of The Hills- Kellyville saying community gardens were vital for health and well-being.

He said the need was growing as more high rise developments were approved.

“We have the opportunity to improve the health and lifestyles of residents.”

Hills Shire Mayor Michelle Byrne with President of Hills-Kellyville Rotary Club Fran Broadbent
Hills Shire Mayor Michelle Byrne with President
of Hills-Kellyville Rotary Club Fran Broadbent

The club is seeking community support to establish the garden project after gaining a $10,000 Federal Government grant under the Stronger Communities Program.

Hills Mayor Michelle Byrne said: “There really is a need for community gardens.”

Rotarian Keith Stapley who has been driving the program said the aim was to help set up a community garden and then step back to let the community run it.

Councillors Liz Russo and Frank di Masi were also at Wednesday’s meeting.

The next public meeting is on March 11 at 7.30pm at North West Disability Services, Conie Ave, Baulkham Hills where a steering committee will be established.

For further details call Keith Stapley, Treasurer, The Rotary Club of The Hills- Kellyville on 0412 079 014

THE REASONS WHY
Community gardens have shown to contribute to a better and healthier lifestyle by:
• providing fresh, safe, affordable herbs, fruits and vegetables
• helping to relieve stress and increase sense of wellness
• getting people active to help improve overall physical health
• providing social opportunities that build a sense of community and belonging
• giving people an opportunity to learn and share knowledge on gardening, nature, and
cooking
• providing an inclusive meeting area where all interested people of all ages and
cultural backgrounds can come together to share experiences