Binningup community garden proposed

Briana FioreHarvey-Waroona Reporter

With COVID-19 disrupting the supply and demand chain of fresh food, many people have turned to growing their own vegetables and becoming more self-sufficient.

The Binningup community is lobbying the Harvey Shire Council to fund a community garden to bring residents together and offer free produce to community members. Binningup resident and facilitator Sue Della said the idea has been supported by many residents.

“The plan is to build a garden that can be enjoyed by everyone,” Mrs Della said.

“It is not just about growing vegetables but about the interaction of people.”

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The proposed garden would sit adjacent to the Binningup library, less than 1km from the beach.

Mrs Della said she intended the garden to be the size of a house block and have herbs, veggies and fruit trees.

The idea gained traction online and more than 100 people reached out in favour of the proposal in the first 24 hours.

“It would be perfect for the elderly and the retired farmers in the area, they could wander down and give us some advice.

“It would also be good for young families and children at the nearby childcare facility.”

Mrs Della said the garden would be run by volunteers and anyone would be able to eat the produce.

She hoped to mirror the successful community garden in Myalup.

“Residents meet every Saturday morning in Myalup and do the gardening,” she said.

Binningup residents gathered on Saturday to discuss the plan and headed to Myalup to observe the community garden operation in the neighbouring town.

Mrs Della said the proposed spot would offer direct sunlight and a bit of shade.

She also said the climate near the coast was ideal for growing produce.

Mrs Della said she had estimated the cost of the fencing, sheds and equipment to be around $8500.

She had written to the council and hoped it would fund the idea.

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