Plot to bring Wolli Creek residents together

It's a plot to bring Wolli Creek residents together.

The new Discovery Point Communal Garden has been created so Wolli Creek residents to grow their own fruit and veggies.

Planted next to historic Tempe House, the garden is a chance to get residents out of the surrounding high-rise apartments to connect with the soil and plant the seeds that will grow a new community network.

The new Discovery Point Communal Garden was officially opened last Sunday by Bayside mayor Joe Awada in the presence of Dr Greg and Dr Robert Spark, the descendents of the original tenant of Tempe House, Alexander Brodie Spark.

They marked the occasion by planting a citrus tree in the new garden.

The day included a Welcome to Country by Aboriginal elder Uncle Ray Davison of the Metropolitan Aborignal Lands Council who has lived near the Cooks River all his life.

"Walking around the grounds I found that this place has such a lovely feeling now," Uncle Ray said.

"And it brings peace and harmony to all the things that have happened here before," he said.

Mayor Joe Awada said he and all of the Councillors are very supportive of community gardens.

"I find it very encouraging to see how the community comes together to establish a community garden," Councillor Awada said.

"Living in a unit means children when they go into a store may not know where all the fruit and vegetables come from. It's very impressive to see what this group has achieved here and I'd like to thank all the garden members for working so hard to make this communal garden happen."

The Communal Garden was established under the management of the Discovery Point Owners Cooperative.

"It gives residents and their children and grandchildren the chance to get their hands into the soil, create a healthy eco-system and build community spirit," community garden convenor Carolin Wenzel said.

"It is located on land that is part of the common property of Discovery Point unit owners and managed by the Cooperative.

"We were allocated $5,000 establishment grant through the Community Development fund and we received a $200 voucher from Bunnings Rockdale," Carlolin said.

"A further $2,000 grant came from the Discovery Point Owners Co-op.

"About 20 volunteers have cleared the site and built five raised beds. Four are 'wicking' beds that retain a water reservoir in the base and which grow veggies, flowers and herbs.

"In the fifth central bed we planted a dwarf lemon tree and herbs. We also built a rotating compost bin which financial members can access," she said.

The Communal Garden is open to all residents living in Discovery Point and the surrounding area.

"We currently have more than 50 peole on our email list, 17 financial members who pay an annual membership fee and more than 30 active participants in gardening activities," Carolin said.

Planned activities for the Communal Garden include establishing connections with local indigenous community elders to research introducing bush tucker and medicinal plants.

And the sky actually will be the limit, with workshops on Balcony Gardening to be held from November through to February.

  • The last opportunity this year to visit and see inside Tempe House this year will be at the Open House on Sunday 3 November - from 10:00am to 3:00pm

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