Use of Council Land for Community Gardens

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Council has adopted a Community Gardens Policy to provide a framework for Council to consider requests from the community for a land use agreement from Council relating to publicly accessible community gardens on Council owned or managed community or operational land.

An important step before submitting your application is to discuss your proposal with a Council Officer in a pre-lodgement meeting by calling the Community Outcomes team on 02 9843 0555.

This policy is designed to assist the decision making process for granting of use of community land, and to act as a guide to community groups wishing to submit an application to develop a community garden.

For the purpose of this policy, a community garden is defined as:

  • Open space land that is generally unused passive space
  • Used by not-for-profit (NFP) community based groups to produce flowers and/or food primarily for the consumption or enjoyment of participants
  • It contributes to the health and wellbeing of the wider community
  • Provide a range of social benefits

Where these gardens are provided by community groups on Council land they are to be built and operated at no cost to council and applicants must ensure the community members surrounding the proposed community garden are consulted. Residents not involved may have legitimate concerns about a new community garden being established in their area including loss of open space they currently use. Community Gardens need to have the support of the majority of the local community evidenced through a consultation process.

All groups must submit a formal application on the form below so that Council can make a decision about whether it is appropriate to approve the development of a community garden.

All applications must be consistent with the adopted plan of management and/or masterplan for the location and may require a development application. The community land may not be used for commercial activities and any proceeds made from produce sales are to be returned to the community garden fund.

Read Council's Community Gardens Policy here.(PDF, 140KB)

Click here to view form.