City of Canada Bay Mayor Angelo Tsirekas today announced construction has begun on the $400,000 5 Senses Garden, an ambitious project creating an innovative and accessible garden for our entire community.
“The City of Canada Bay has partnered with Inner West Neighbour Aid, an organisation that runs programs and projects to help older people and people with disability stay independent, healthy and socially connected. Together we are delivering a fantastic new garden and playground in Concord West,” City of Canada Bay Mayor Angelo Tsirekas said.
“The project, located in Rhodes Park near the Kokoda Memorial, is funded by $380,000 from the City of Canada Bay and $20,000 from a Federal Government grant awarded to Inner West Neighbour Aid.”
“The garden would not be possible without the great support from the City of Canada Bay. It is because of their hard work and partnership that we are able to break new ground in the field of inclusive living,” Garden Projects Coordinator Roman Deguchi said.
“Due to open in the new year, the 5 Senses Garden is a place for everyone – designed to bring people together of all ages, walks of life, cultures and abilities,” Mayor Tsirekas said.
“The garden itself will be flourishing and diverse, and so too will the community be that we hope will grow with this great neighbourhood space.”
“Our vision is to improve the health and well-being of our local community, especially those who are marginalised, fostering friendships and belonging,” Roman Deguchi said.
“When completed, the garden will provide programs and workshops that encourage health and wellbeing, tailored activities for residential care facilities, schools, hospital programs and other not-for-profit organisations.”
“Whether it be volunteering opportunities, a space for social connection, interaction for recovery and rehabilitation, or inspiring sustainable living, the 5 Senses Garden is a community space for all,” Mayor Tsirekas said.
This green feast for the senses will delight your sight, smell, touch, taste and sound. The generous edible garden space is perfect for growing veggies and fruit, with raised garden beds, including wheelchair accessible raised beds. The nature play area and indigenous food section will provide interesting areas to explore. The communal kitchen and workshop areas are the perfect spot to deliver accessible programs for the community.
All areas will be connected by a beautiful path designed by renowned local indigenous artist Joe Hurst.
“I look forward to this project’s completion where visitors will be able to enjoy the natural therapeutic benefits of the garden or get involved in the education programs, workshops or activities on offer,” Mayor Tsirekas said.
To keep up to date with this project and to find out more, visit 5sensesgarden.com.