Chasing the Liberals hard into the weeds Katy Gallagher has announced a grand policy statement on the pressing issue of community gardens:
The 14 community gardens already operating in the ACT, provide opportunities for urban and suburban residents to grow their own fruit and vegetables and enjoy gardening activities in a social setting, as well as creating a greater sense of community.
Growing food locally in this way provides benefits in building community health and wellbeing, which in turn contributes to the liveability of our city.
The ACT Labor Government recognises the increasing popularity of community gardening, and values the contribution it makes to a healthy society and a more sustainable environment.
Community gardens are generally community-initiated, and managed by community organisations on behalf of their members.
The ACT Labor Government has already responded to the increased demand for community gardens in our new and established suburbs by cutting red tape and making it easier for community groups to set up a garden.
But there is more to do.
If re-elected in 2012, ACT Labor will fund 10 more community gardens across Canberra in existing suburbs to make our community places and spaces even better.