Photos from Docklands Community Garden Opening

Docklands Garden Brings Life and Soul to the Docks in Melbourne! Melbourne’s love of bringing life to hidden spaces has sprouted in Docklands with the opening of its Community Garden in Geographe Street Docklands on Sunday 15 July, in a joint initiative from Urban Reforestation, Places Victoria and the City of Melbourne.

Urban Reforestation is thrilled to see the development of a larger and long term site for the Docklands Community Garden. This will provide the Docklands community with a place to relax, enjoy and learn about gardening and sustainable urban lifestyles. This will be the communities new backyard! Have a read from a recent article in the Docklands News: http://www.docklandsnews.com.au/editions/article/welcome-to-your-backyard_7718

This project is a giant leap forward for the Docklands and a call for change in re-designing planning policy towards a sustainable model. Planning policy needs to support communities and recognise people need to have quality of life in the place which they live. Wellbeing of people depends on having good community amenities. The major flaw in our current planning policies is developers are not required to invest much of their budgets into community infrastructure. This has to change for the future wellbeing of our suburbs.

Planning Policy to support Social Innovation and Entrepreneurial Projects like Urban Reforestation 

Urban Reforestation hopes to see more projects like this community garden supported in the future, in the Docklands development and around Melbourne. This means Victoria needs better planning policies to support sustainable development and healthy communities to thrive. In most instances communities know what is best for their place, so developers and local councils need to work closer (side-by-side / co-designing) with communities to achieve better outcomes for all parties involved. This Docklands Community Garden project and its best practice service design models and processes can be a blueprint of how sustainable development can occur in Docklands and beyond.

See related Media:

Docklands Project Gives Residents Reason to Find Common Ground

Garden breathes life into Docklands!

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