Community gardens play an important role in our lifestyle. As communities expand and people move into high density living, the opportunity for people to grow their own vegetables decreases.
National awareness of health issues such as diabetes and obesity has also encouraged people towards a healthier lifestyle and taking control of the food they eat.
A community garden not only offers the opportunity for people to learn to grow their own food, it also provides a social platform for people of all cultural backgrounds to share friendship, knowledge and life experiences.
Since the adoption of the community Gardens Policy in 2009, several new community gardens have become established in Cairns. There are community gardens at Bungalow, Holloways Beach, Edmonton, Stratford and Manunda. Please contact Council if you would like to know more about community gardens and how you can either join an existing garden or set up your own garden.
In 2012 Council adopted the Community Gardens Policy and Cairns Region Community Gardens Guidelines to address the growing demand for community gardens and to provide guidance, framework and an approval process for establishing a community garden on Council owned and controlled land. The policy is up for review in January 2018.