Maroubra Community Garden Digs In For 2022 Opening

Efforts to open a sustainable Maroubra Community Garden bore fruit after more than two years of planning and preparation when volunteers finally received approval to open the site in 2022. 

In a statement on Facebook, stewards of The Garden at Maroubra confirmed that the local Council has signed off on plans to build a working garden for everyone, the third community garden in the Eastern Sydney suburbs after Coogee and Randwick. 

“[We] began this journey to build not only a community garden for Maroubra, but a sustainability resource within our community to enable ALL of our community to learn to garden if they wished, but also to learn how to take care of the green areas within our homes and our community. Maroubra, this garden is for YOU,” the statement read.

Photo Credit: Mimi Curan/Go Fund Me

In early 2021, Randwick City Council received the proposal for the design of the community garden. The group also opened a fundraiser and a “Friend of the Garden” distinction for regular donors and contributors to enable the gardeners to buy supplies and pay for expenses like water and utilities.

Following the approval, the project has started offering memberships to residents who live within the five-kilometre radius who can tend to the site. In the near future, a Working Member training will be underway before the garden officially opens to the community.   

“The Garden at Maroubra project was borne out of the desire to create a beautiful, accessible community-destination around gardening that connects, educates and invigorates our community around organic gardening and related sustainable practices including seed saving, organic pest control and composting,” Mimi Curran, one of the supporters stated

Published 14 December 2021

4 Ways to Help the New Organic Garden at Maroubra Grow

Do you want to be part of an enriching community initiative? A group of locals has been gathering resources to build and sustain The Garden at Maroubra, an upcoming organic garden to benefit all residents.

The Garden at Maroubra is targetted to open in 2021. Randwick City Council is expected to sign off on the final design plans in May or June. This will be the third community garden within Sydney’s eastern suburbs, after Coogee and Randwick. 

Photo Credit: Mimi Curan/Go Fund Me

Whilst waiting for approval, heaps of preparation and work have to be done before the community could harvest a bountiful gain. Here are four ways you can help with the initiative:

1. Make a one-time donation to get things started.

For this community space to thrive, funds will be needed to buy seeds and organic soil, as well as spend for the water tanks and shed. The group has set up a fundraising initiative on Go Fund Me for one-time contributions. 

2. Become a Friend of the Garden.

Your generosity will go further if you sign up to be a “Friend of the Garden” and regularly contribute an annual $59 to the cause. This privilege will allow you to participate in training workshops or the working bees program, where you can help maintain the site at your most convenient time. 

3. Become a Working Member.

If you’re eager to take your participation a step further, you can sign up to be a “Working Member” and make a $149 annual contribution. Working members are required to join garden workshops and working bee programs. They are also expected to be at The Garden on a weekly basis to cultivate the fruits, herbs and vegetables, as well as keep the space in order. This is ideally great for retirees and residents who have more time to volunteer. 

“As The Garden is not yet under construction, members must undertake training workshops prior to becoming involved in the project,” the group said. “We are currently building out the workshop calendar for 2021, so once you confirm how you’d like to be involved, we will contact you via email to outline the workshops needed to get involved. There are no additional costs for these workshops; they are covered as part of your annual membership fee.” 

4. Spread the word. 

The Garden at Maroubra needs to get the word out to gather more members, sponsors and donations. Help raise awareness by sharing The Garden at Maroubra Facebook page. Look at the group event’s page and share the workshop schedule in your network. Someone from your contact list might be an expert gardener who can provide tips, inputs, and guidance to improve this initiative. 

Published 26 February 2021