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COMMUNITY GARDEN HARVESTS HOLISTIC OUTCOMES FOR RAVENSWOOD RESIDENTS

Members of the Ravenswood community have come together to relish in the fruits of their labour as a community-led garden initiative was recognised at a state awards night.

The Pioneer Parade Garden spanning  one acre is part of a community partnership brought to life by tenants of Australia’s largest not-for-profit affordable housing provider, Community Housing Limited (CHL) and local not-for-profit neighborhood organisation, Starting Point.

The project which was financially backed and supported by CHL and other in-kind donations, recently received a ‘highly commended’ award at the 2019 Australian Housing Institute State Awards in Hobart.  

CHL Tasmania State Manager Oscar Norton said the project not only provided the community with a place to meet and relax but will reap ongoing long-term benefits for locals. 

“It is truly spectacular to see this community project come to life. The space has created a sense of friendship and closeness, connecting the area like never before,” Mr Norton said.

“The passion and dedication of all involved has been particularly inspiring, leading to a host of positive outcomes at a much broader level and providing very tangible benefits to individuals and the wider community.

“Such a huge impact sprouted from the small seed of a simple idea. Ravenswood residents have certainly demonstrated that from little things, big things grow.”

Since early beginnings in 2014, the garden has attracted wide and varied involvement from many within the community, including students from Ravenswood Heights Primary School, the Launceston City Council and other private sector businesses, who together ensure the garden receives ongoing maintenance and upkeep.

Mr Norton said the garden has put Ravenswood on the map as a best-practice example for other communities across the country.

“The garden is an excellent example of what’s achievable when local residents and organisations band together and share the same shared vision,” he said.

“It’s a simple and sustainable idea that can be emulated and adapted in similar spaces and settings across Australia.”

Plans are now underway between CHL and Starting Point to provide even more amenities, with current discussions surrounding the installment of a communal wood-fire pizza oven and construction of new toilet facilities.  

All are welcome to enjoy the benefits of the Pioneer Parade Garden at 40 Pioneer Parade Ravenswood, Launceston.
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