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Community garden to be uprooted

31 May 2011

Urban Reforestation’s community garden is on the move next month a short distance to another temporary location at the Victoria Harbour end of Merchant St.
Lend Lease plans to install temporary seating and a barbecue area on the garden’s current location at Water Plaza.
The garden’s final destination is Geographe St to the north of the Myer Building, but planning for this site is still underway between VicUrban, the City of Melbourne and Lend Lease.
VicUrban says the new garden will be designed by the end of this month, will be consulted on in July, tendered in September and built by December.
Urban Reforestation continues to be recognised for its community work and is one of four finalists for the Peter Szental Award for Sustainability Entrepreneurship.
The winner of this United Nations Association of Australia award will be announced on June 3.
Competing against Urban Reforestation for the award are:  Coca-Cola South Pacific Pty – “Project Catalyst”; Envirobank Recycling (Australia) Ltd – “Recycle for Rewards”; and Westwyck Pty Ltd – “Westwyck Ecovillage”.
And the sustainability consultants have also been nominated for a Melbourne Award.  
According to the City of Melbourne, the nomination is in “recognition of their dedication to develop urban green spaces, balcony gardens and community spaces that have a strong focus on sustainable design and community development.”
Nominated in the “Contribution to Sustainability by a Community Organisation” category, the council says Urban Reforestation aims to “inspire and enable sustainable lifestyles through urban farming and enjoyment in growing, sourcing, preparing and sharing local food.”

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Comments

  • Michael at 10:14am on 03/06/11

    more urban farms!!!

    The movie SAVE THE FARM, featuring Daryl Hannah, Julia Butterfly Hill, and Alicia Silverstone, documents what went down on an urban farm in LA when the cops tried to evict the farmers. www.savethefarmmovie.com

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