Social housing tenants across Queensland have started growing communal vegetable gardens as part of a new Tenant Participation initiative.
Participating tenant groups received grants of $1,000 to develop the vegetable gardens in their estates and neighbourhoods.
Gordon Watson, a member of the Bay and Brisbane Regional Tenant Group is ready to get his hands dirty.
“Vegetable gardens allow us to be more self-sufficient and make better use of the land around us,” Gordon said.
Gordon worked closely with local tenants Kerri Henshaw and Ngareta Cassidy of Dibar Street to apply for funding to grow their own vegetable garden.
“We're so excited about growing our own herbs and vegies,” Kerri said.
“We've already prepared our list of plants to grow, and we'll see how it goes from there,” she said.
The funding allows tenants to purchase items such as gardening hand tools, seedlings and plants, fertilisers, composters, wheel barrows, worm farms, potting mix, trellises and locks for stored items.
With support from Housing Services, 11 tenant groups have received funding to begin work on their new gardens:
- Blanck Street, Maroochydore
- Bombala Terrace, Caloundra
- Carina Youth Agency, Carina
- Dibar Street, Wynnum
- Frascott Avenue, Varsity Lakes
- Grantson Street, Windsor
- Martin Place, Emerald
- McCann Street, Gladstone
- Northcote Street, East Brisbane
- Yates Street, Gatton
- 139 Club Inc Edible Garden Group, New Farm.
For more information about Tenant Participation, contact your local Housing Services office.