About the Project

This project will provide a community garden for the Phillip Island community to enjoy and thrive.

The Blue Gum Reserve site will enable our local community to get it established. Once up and running, it will supply produce for Phillip Island Community and Learning Centre (PICAL) food pantry. The garden will be accessible and include a space to hold workshops and training sessions.

The garden will consist of:

  • a workshop,
  • garden shed
  • machinery storage
  • water tanks
  • Coels Shed
  • garden beds (including wheelchair accessible beds),
  • disabled carpark
  • lighting, fencing
  • accessible toilet and walkways,
  • pergola, seating and, of course, produce.

PICAL has a strong track-record as the manager of an open-access Community Garden for the last nine years. Many components from the PICAL community garden on the Church Street site will be relocated and the garden will be leased from Council by PICAL.

A team of volunteers from their gardening club will manage it, whilst supporting community access and involvement, hence creating a true community hub.

The vision for the Community Garden is to provide a safe place for all of the Phillip Island community to enjoy. It will be a place to learn new skills, grow produce and be in touch with the soil. A place for mental wellbeing, quiet solitude, meditation and recreation. A place to combat loneliness, stress, depression and anxiety. A place for people of all abilities including those who live with a disability. A place for people to connect as well as re-connect with each other. A place for people to contribute to their community which enables them to grow and share.

The design will incorporate accessible features to make it inclusive and a place where anyone from the community can engage and benefit through;

  • Social connection and mental-wellbeing.
  • Physical activity and enjoyment (particularly those people who do not have their own gardens).
  • Learning plant propagation and garden-construction.
  • A sense of belonging to a safe and productive team.
  • An accessible and welcoming place for people who live with disabilities.

The Community Garden will also be part of the supply-chain of fresh-produce for PICAL’S emergency food relief/cooking program - the largest emergency food relief outlet in the South Gippsland region. In 2020 this fed almost 6,000 people!

Location of the Phillip Island Community Garden

Location of Phillip Island Community Garden