The City of Yarra have recently released their Community Gardens Report (this is NOT available on the City of Yarra consultation webpage as of 8 August 2009), which looks at increasing community garden space in Yarra. This is fantastic but they also propose to remove many of the street food gardens that have popped up across the municipality.
Update 10 August 2009: the Community Gardens report is contained in the Planning, Environment and Infrastructure Committee meeting agenda of 4 August 2009 (6.6mb PDF, starts on p289).
The report also proposes that residents be allowed to grow ornamental plants but not food plants in nature strips and traffic treatments amongst other things.
If you would like to see more food grown in public spaces across the City of Yarra then come along and have your say and show the council that many people are concerned about community food security and the importance of urban agriculture in the city.
Meeting Details: Tuesday 18th August, 7pm, Fitzroy Town Hall.
Please pass this message onto your neighbours / workmates / family / friends etc – the more people that show up and show they care the better!
Perhaps we can put our heads together to think up ways to grow more food in public spaces and limit issues of public liability and safety!