Who are Brighton Community Garden Inc. and what is their vision?

    Brighton Community Garden Inc is made up of passionate gardeners and sustainability enthusiasts for the Brighton and Seacliff communities. It is the Brighton Community Garden Group’s wish to create a Community Garden within the local area of the City of Holdfast Bay. The purpose of this garden will be to unite the community, promote physical and mental health and create a space where people can learn more about sustainability, organic principles and healthy living. In this garden we hope not to only grow great produce, but to nurture awareness for how our everyday actions and choices can benefit the world around us.


    What is a community garden?

    A Community Garden is an open space, managed by the community with the primary focus of producing food and contributing to the growth of a sustainable city environment. It is a place for learning and sharing about sustainable living practices whilst actively building community through shared activities and contributing to improved health and wellbeing.

    Who can I contact for more information?

    Melissa Priest, Youth and Recreation Officer, phone: 8229 9999, email: mpriest@holdfast.sa.gov.au

    How can I provide feedback?

    1. Filling in the Survey online at: Your View Holdfast at www.yourviewholdfast.com/bowker. All feedback must be received by 5pm 13 December 2018 

    2. Attending one of our Community Information Sessions anytime between: 

    10am to 11am Sunday 2 December - Bowker Oval Reserve 

    6pm to 7 pm Wednesday 5 December - Bowker Oval Reserve

    What is Fund My Neighbourhood?

    Fund My Neighbourhood was a State Government funding initiative based on the participatory budgeting principles of the internationally recognised Fund My Community program, developed by the Government of South Australia.The 2017 Fund My Neighbourhood funding round awarded $20 million for initiatives suggested by local residents. Keep up-to-date with developments by visiting www.fund-my-neighbourhood.yoursay.sa.gov.au 

    What is the budget associated with this project?

    The City of Holdfast Bay have been successful in receiving funding through Fund My Neighbourhood of $50,000, to establish a community garden in Brighton thanks to an application submitted by Brighton Community Garden Inc.

    Who will run the Brighton Community Garden?

    The garden will be run by Brighton Community Garden Inc., a local community group based in Brighton, SA. Brighton Community Garden Inc. will be required to hold a Licence over the chosen garden location that is selected. Find out more about Brighton Community Garden Inc. at www.brightoncm.wixsite.com/garden or www.facebook.com/brightoncommunitygarden .

    What happens to my feedback?

    The results from this engagement, along with the results from the planned Community Drop-In Sessions, will be collated and use to help determine the next steps for the establishment of Brighton Community Garden, whether this is at Bowker Oval Reserve, or another location. All personal details provided will be removed from Council reports.

    What are the next steps?

    The results from this engagement, along with the results from the planned Community Drop-In Sessions, will be collated and use to determine the next steps for the establishment of Brighton Community Garden, whether this is at Bowker Oval Reserve, or another location. All personal details provided will be removed from Council reports.

    Why has Bowker Oval Reserve been proposed for the establishment of the Brighton Community Garden?

    Bowker Oval Reserve has been proposed for the establishment of the Brighton Community Garden due to: The recreation nature of the reserve, large size of the reserve, off road car parking, toilet facilities, available disused space, co-located sporting clubs and closely located school, existing on site amenities- shelter, BBQ, playspace, location of the reserve surrounded by housing allowing passive surveillance

    What is the proposed size of the Brighton Community Garden?

    The garden is proposed to take up the space of the current disused asphalt former tennis court which is approximately 19m x 36m or 684m2. 

    Is Bowker Oval Reserve owned by Council or State Government ?

    Bowker Oval Reserve is owned by the South Australian Department of Education. The land is leased by the City of Holdfast Bay and Council's current lease is until 2038. The permitted use in the lease allows the reserve to be used for the purposes of community sport and recreation. 

    Was a previous engagement held for this project?

    Community engagement was held over April 2018, around establishing the Brighton Community Garden at Dover Square Reserve, South Brighton. On the completion of this engagement it was determined that this wasn't the correct location to proceed with this community facility.

    Will the community garden be fenced?

    If the garden proposal proceeds at Bowker Oval Reserve, fencing will be erected around the community garden. The fence will be a barrier for dogs and ground level balls entering the garden, not there to restrict people entering the garden.

    How will a garden be established on top of an asphalt surface?

    If the garden proposal proceeds at Bowker Oval Reserve, we are planning to remove the existing asphalt and replace it with granulated fines which will allow water penetration. Raised garden beds will be used on top of the granulated fines for planting to avoid any soil contamination.

    How will compost be managed at the garden?

    Brighton Community Garden Inc. will employ effective composting techniques to ensure that the area will be manageable and easy to keep tidy. Brighton Community Garden Inc. will host composting (and worm farming and bokashi) workshops at the garden to inform members and general community members of beneficial techniques

    What will membership options for the community garden look like?

    Membership of the Brighton Community Garden will be obtained upon completion of a membership form plus a $10.00 annual fee that permits the member to participate in working bees, community events and communal garden areas.

    Members of the garden will be able to apply for the allocation of their own plot. Plots will be rented in 6 month allotments at $20.00 for a half sized plot and $40.00 for a full sized plot.