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Council’s Open Space Strategy recommended that a number of parks across the municipality be assessed for potential locations for the development of future community gardens. The development of a community garden within Brooklyn Reserve has been assessed as appropriate providing it complements the existing landscape and facilities within the park and that the space continues to be fully accessible to the community.
The development of a community garden at this park has been further progressed by a Brooklyn community group’s successful submission to the Westgate Tunnel Community Neighbourhood Fund to assist with its design and development. Council has partnered with key members of the group to support a second submission for funds that will establish a broader local community-based gardening group and assist with the gardens’ design and construction in consultation with the local community.
Broaden the community involvement and membership of a local Brooklyn community gardening group. Assist the community group with the planning, design, and implementation of the community garden infrastructure.
Assist the group with the development of a strong governance model and a vision that is in keeping with the key principles of public open space development including access, safety connectivity, diversity, environment, and quality.
Following on from our first information session, Council will convene two further workshops before the end of this year to:
- undertake a site analysis and determine the best layout and design of the garden and
- assist with group formation and a governance model for the successful development and management of the garden site.
Following completion of the above requirements and with broad community approval, Council will undertake construction of the community garden in Autumn 2023.
Community information session
Join us for an information gathering session and to register your interest in participating in the planning and design of the garden space and/or joining the local community garden group
Sunday 23rd October - 2.30 pm to 4.30 pm
Location: Brooklyn Tennis Club Pavilion, Cypress Avenue Brooklyn.
Afternoon tea to be provided. No rsvp required.
The purpose of this workshop is to:
- Gain an understanding of how this project originated and how it will be funded.
- Gain an understanding of the time frames for the development of a community garden and the steps Council will take with the community to plan, design, and build the garden.
- Provide an opportunity for you to ask questions and receive answers on any concerns you might have about a community garden being developed in the park.
- Register your interest for ongoing involvement in the planning, design, and management of a future garden as well as your opportunity to join the community garden group.
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This frequently asked questions and answers summary has been prepared to provide up to date and accurate information from Hobsons Bay City Council on the proposal to consider the development of a community garden at Brooklyn Reserve. It also explains the steps that will be required by Council before the development of a community garden can proceed.
- Has Council already decided the location, extent of space and model for a community garden at Brooklyn Reserve?
- Does Council have a concept or design plan yet?
- Will having a community garden in the park mean that trees will need to be removed or will it interfere with other parts of the park like the playground and picnic area?
- Will the garden be fenced?
- Worry about smells and rodents.
- What if the community garden attracts anti-social behaviour and vandalism? How will a community garden be managed?
- Worry the garden will look unsightly and concerns if no one maintains it.