Pemberton is the latest town in the Warren Blackwood to begin work on a garden project which will provide fresh fruit, vegetables and herbs to the community.
The Vic Conte Community Garden is still in the early stages of construction on the corner of Brockman Street and Dean Street, but project members Joy Head and Judy Goldfinch are optimistic it will be completed in good time.
‘‘If we get the community involved at each working bee like we’ve had to get it to this stage we should be fine,’’ Ms Goldfinch said.
‘‘We’ve had three working bees to get it to this stage.
‘‘We had the shed put in in the first week and then the mulch and weed matting, and last week all the sleepers and plumbing and the stairs were put in.’’
Manjimup Shire Council initiative Wellbeing Warren Blackwood provided two grants of $5000 for materials, workshops and education, and they also received $2000 through the Shire Community Grants scheme.
Ms Goldfinch said when the project is complete it will be a social hub for the community, with a seating area in the centre of the garden.
‘‘We’re keeping it local and relating the produce to the area,’’ she said.
‘‘Hopefully it will encourage locals to get involved and be inspired to grow and cook their own food.’’
Ms Goldfinch said the garden was named in honour of town stalwart Vic Conte, who died in 2003 but whose tireless work for the community will always be remembered.
She also thanked various people including Auswest Deanmill for the jarrah sawdust, Karri Concrete for the concrete slabs, Kevin Sparrow for building the steps, Steve Zemke for the erection of the garden shed and Craig Dundas and Dean Mayor for the water pipes at the garden.