Neighbourhood garden back to business

FOLLOWING a sprinkler flooding event earlier this year, the Risdon Vale Neighbourhood House community garden is now restored and back on track.

The restoration was completed with time and funding assistance from local members of the Labor Party.

Federal Member for Franklin Julie Collins said Neighbourhood Houses were at the centre of local communities across the state.

“Community gardens play an incredibly important role, with the produce grown helping Risdon Vale Neighbourhood House put on luncheons for the local community,” she said.

“The staff and volunteers have worked around the clock to get the community garden back on track.

“The amazing turnaround is a credit to them.”

Head of Neighbourhood House Ann Harrison has overseen the expansion of the house garden and the services it provides.

Ms Harrison said Labor had always supported the Neighbourhood House and community garden.

She expressed her appreciation for their support during this time.

“It was good to see them get their hands dirty when helping us plant the new crops,” she said.

“We now have new cauliflower, carrots, cabbage, peas, beans and more, which have all been generously given to us by the Labor party.”

Ms Harrison said the community garden would continue to support the local community long into the future.

“We’re currently putting in more garden beds to try and increase capacity for available food,” she said.

“Food prices are high at the moment and unaffordable for some residents, so the larger we make the community garden, the more we can provide support.”

Anyone keen to donate funds or time to assist with maintenance can contact the Risdon Vale Neighbourhood House on phone 6243 5752.

Caption: Local resident Aaron Horton, second from right, with Labor Party members, from left, Julie Collins, Alison Standen, Sarah Lovell and David O’Byrne at the restored Risdon Vale Neighbourhood House community garden.