Hobsons Bay, Moonee Valley and Maribyrnong City Councils are excited to officially launch the My Smart Garden website on Wednesday 1 October.
Mayor of Hobsons Bay Cr Sandra Wilson said the website will provide a boost to an already successful initiative.
“The program has over 1,200 members after only three years and we expect this to grow with the launch of the new website,” she said.
“The feedback we have received about our workshops has been excellent with the average workshop rating at least 9 out of 10,” she said.
“Over half of the people attending have gone away and planted their own fruit trees, over half have designed their own garden area, and over half are now recycling their food waste and keeping it out of landfill.”
Cr Wilson said there was another outcome which was not quite so quantifiable.
“The workshops bring people together. They’re a great means of strengthening networks and community connections,” she said.
Mayor of Moonee Valley Cr Jan Chantry said the My Smart Garden website (http://www.mysmartgarden.org.au) is the perfect resource for all urban gardeners looking to grow their own food, create natural shade or just make their backyards more sustainable.
“The website has so many great features and contains a wealth of information to help all green-thumbs and would-be green thumbs across the inner west,” she said.
“One of the most exciting features is the gardener’s forum where people are able to discuss any issues or successes they may be having with their gardens and receive practical advice and support from other gardeners in their area.
“The website also includes a searchable archive of over three years of My Smart Garden workshop notes, collected from sustainable gardening and permaculture experts from across Melbourne to form a library of gardening know-how.”
The My Smart Garden program has been running for a number of years, beginning life as a small initiative that has grown into an important part of the three Council’s environmental strategies.
Mayor of Maribyrnong Cr Grant Miles said the resilience of our local community, and empowering them to act in our changing world, is a major priority of local government.
“This priority has led many councils, including Hobsons Bay Moonee Valley and Maribyrnong, to work to enhance the community’s food, energy, and water security through innovative programs like My Smart Garden,” he said.
“By working closely together, we have been able to create a program, and now a website, that can help people make a real difference right now in their own backyards.”
More information can be found at the My Smart Garden website (www.mysmartgarden.org.au)