EDUCATING locals on the importance of a sustainable future and healthy lifestyle behaviours, the Australian Government has begun to provide funding for a National Partnership Agreement on Preventive Health under a Healthy Communities Initiative.
Providing a total of $71.8 million over four years, funding received through the initiative has allowed for commencement of the first stage of community garden projects to begin, going up in several areas across the Goulburn Valley, including at SPC Ardmona KidsTown, Tatura Community House, The Salvation Army Church in Shepparton and the Yitjuwandik (Percy Green) Men’s Recovery Centre in Mooroopna.
Following the funding, a joint project between local secondary schools and work for the dole recipients was initiated, seeing groups work together to construct planter boxes, design the gardens, create the layout and learn about seed propagation right through to how to successfully plant seedlings.
SPC Ardmona KidsTown Coordinator, Steve Wilson said, “I encourage people to come down, get involved and volunteer a little time to learn about healthy and sustainable living alongside like minded people.
“Because of Shepparton’s diverse populace, we hope to have a large cross section of the community involved so as to have a variety of vegetables.
“We aim to triple the size of our community garden over the next three months with stage two of the project commencing soon,” Steve said.
For further information on the community gardens or Healthy Communities Initiative, contact Council’s Leisure Facilities Branch on 5832 9700 or SPC Ardmona KidsTown on 5831 4213.