Location for new Port Elliot Community Garden approved

COMMUNITY FACILITY: Port Elliot Community Garden advocates Gus Telfer and Elizabeth Ganguly at the site.
COMMUNITY FACILITY: Port Elliot Community Garden advocates Gus Telfer and Elizabeth Ganguly at the site.

Port Elliot will be home to a new community garden, thanks to advocation by the town's representative group.

The Friends of Port Elliot Community Garden, which is a sub-group of the Port Elliot and Foreshore Improvement Association, proposed the idea of a community garden and took it to Alexandrina Council.

The group wanted to set up a place which would become somewhere people could meet, develop self esteem and wellbeing, and grow fresh produce.

After asking the public for feedback, Alexandrina Council elected members have decided the group's proposal of part of Reserve 60 on Cinema Court would be the ideal location.

The land is adjacent to the Country Fire Service and State Emergency Service complex, and is only accessible from Elliot Street.

An advocate for the garden, Elizabeth Ganguly, hoped the community would make the most of the space.

"It is an exciting initiative for Port Elliot with space to garden, grow your own food and share a gardening passion," she said.

The council agreed to negotiate a five-year community ground lease, beginning January 1, 2022, with a 'peppercorn' rental deal.

As part of the terms, all services, insurances, rates and improvements to the site will become the responsibility of and at the cost of the lessee.

Councillors also agreed that should the Port Elliot and Foreshore Improvement Association require a carpark at the garden, it be installed at the association's cost.

Councillor Bronwyn Lewis, who moved the motion, said the garden would be a "wonderful way to connect with community".

She was involved with the creation of a community garden in Victoria and saw how positive it had been there, and said it would be a similar case at Port Elliot.

"I'm not a terrific gardener, but I've always loved community gardens," she said.

"One of the things that is lacking in Port Elliot is community spaces - there's no community centre in Port Elliot like Goolwa, Strathalbyn, and even Milang.

"It will be somewhere all generations can come together."