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Edible garden off to a delicious start
Aboriginal tent embassy elder and supporter Mannabuchal Smiley Riley and GrowSPACE's Daniel Koch with
their newly created community garden.
Photo: Elesa Kurtz
The many hands that made the Tent
Embassy Community Garden in
late January are now able to reap
Colourful ripe organic produce is
filling the 15 self-watering planter
boxes created during a three-day
volunteer workshop between
January 24 and 26.
Green thumb Daniel Koch of
GrowSPACE said the garden was
established, the plants were growing
and it was time for the Canberra
community connection to the space to
We ended up building 15 square
metres of edible growing space, he
What we want is for local people
to come down, participate and
continue growing this garden.
With fruits, vegies, herbs and native
bush tucker flourishing, the Bondi-
based entrepreneur said the plan was
to hold monthly workshops, the first of
which was an open workshop on
Sunday, March 6.
He said everyone was invited to put
their touch on the project.
The next step is to paint on the
boxes what s in each one, what the
plants do and how to harvest them, he
said. At the back of each planter box
we need to finish the trellises and put
a protective screen over the plants
protecting them from heat and frost.
Mannabuchal Smiley Riley, a
supporter of Sovereignty runs the
coffee cart in the area.
He said the planter boxes were
portable, but like the tent embassy
which surrounds it the garden
established something and drew
people to it. Normally people keep
back and observe and then go, but this
gives something to come over look at
and talk about, he said.
The information-rich space is
designed to nurture curiosity about
growing plants and provide a space for
practical learning so that Canberrans
can sow the seeds of self-sustainable
gardening in their own patch. People
who missed out on the first few
sessions can still catch on to all the
information and learn to build, plant,
maintain and harvest as well, he said.
Now Canberra has opened the doors
to plan verge gardens. Some of the
things people fall short on are the time,
money and the experience, so we hope
to use the embassy as a hub to help
with all those things.
Safety improvements along the
Tuggeranong Parkway are aimed at
increasing visibility for drivers and
reducing the number of animals
Minister for Infrastructure and
Regional Development Darren Chester
said the government was fully funding
the $1.89 million upgrade through the
Black Spot Programme which focuses
on minimising the number of traffic
"Works will include new animal-
proof fencing installed between Cotter
Road and Sulwood Drive," he said.
"The improvements will restrict access
for animals, such as kangaroos, to
As well as the installation of the
new LED streetlights, other
improvements will include warning
signage, barrier reflectors, guideposts,
upgraded line marking and the
correction of minor deficiencies, said
the Minister for Transport and
Municipal Services, Meegan
"The LED lights appear brighter,
consume less energy and therefore
cost less to run. They should also not
require maintenance for 10 years,
rather than the four years expected for
the existing high pressure sodium
street lights, further adding to
savings," Ms Fitzharris said.
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stretch of road every day will not
experience any road closures during
the works, however there will be some
changes to traffic arrangements
including lane closures and reduced
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