In April 2017, the Gardening Australia show included a segment on “A Thriving Community“, featuring Genesis by The Green Swing. It is where I live.
Of course for a gardening show, the focus was on the open and green spaces that are such an important element of our suburban community.
These open and green spaces include our individual private courtyards, but, in co-housing style, most of the open and garden spaces are shared. We have productive gardens at the rear with fruit trees, a couple of raised garden beds and of course the shed. At the front of the development are native gardens; we also re-vegetated the verges. And then of course we showed Josh the community sump garden which Josh planted the seed for in early 2010.
The sump is owned by the local council, the Town of Victoria Park. Now, in addition to functioning as a storm water drain, it is also a community garden. It was revegetated by The Green Swing with help from family, friends and the wider community. You can see how, in just a few years, it has transformed from an ugly hole in the ground to a thriving, green garden. The project provides a model for the revegetation of other sumps in the Town of Victoria Park and other local council areas; there is a lease agreement between the council and the local community garden association.
Join Josh in his exploration of both private and shared green spaces and talking to some of my neighbours Linda, Bradley, Mark and Alana and my husband Helmuth. Enjoy watching the segment.
About The Green Swing: The Green Swing is an initiative of Mark and Alana Dowley, and Helmuth and Eugenie Stockmann. Our first project, Genesis, consists of two townhouses and two apartments on less than 840 sqm. It showcases a wide range of sustainability features and technologies. The project is multi award winning. Visit the website for further information.
“The Environmentalists of the Future don’t just fight bad development projects, they create good ones as models. Good quality projects, the ones worth pusuing, are not idealized utopias that exist in classrooms, or bold manifestoes that occupy little more than a moral high ground. Rather, good quality projects actively and naturally remedy the dysfunctions of our day-to-day realities.” (Durrett, Winter and Arafiles, 2013)