Primary school students and the community are learning how to grow their own food and maintain a garden thanks to a new edible garden funded by the Victorian Government’s Pick My Project initiative.
The Member for Williamstown, Melissa Horne MP joined students, their families and the local community at Spotswood Primary School to experience firsthand the benefits the sustainable and productive garden will bring.
Spotswood Primary School received $141,589 in funding for the establishment of the kitchen garden through the Pick My Project initiative and was one of 25 successful projects funded in the Western Metropolitan region.
The kitchen garden will provide a fun, interactive outdoor learning opportunity for students, as well as a space to hold weekend gardening workshops for the community.
Ongoing garden maintenance will be integrated in the school’s curriculum and community access will mean the kitchen garden will be maintained on weekends and over the school holidays.
Pick My Project is a Victorian Government first – a $30 million community grants initiative empowering Victorians to generate project ideas that make their local community an even better place to live, then vote for their favourite projects to be funded.
Pick My Project has awarded funding to 237 successful project ideas state-wide, with funding allocated between the six metropolitan and nine regional partnership areas.
The Western Metropolitan region received more than $2.8 million in funding through the initiative, after a total of 22,864 votes were cast across the region.
To view all the successful projects, visit pickmyproject.vic.gov.au.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Suburban Development, Marlene Kairouz MP
“The Spotswood Kitchen Garden is another example of the Victorian Government’s Pick My Project initiative making a real difference in the Western Metropolitan region.”
Quotes attributable to Member for Williamstown, Melissa Horne MP
“The new kitchen garden at Spotswood Primary will inspire life skill learning and help develop a sense.”