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Community life set to bloom

By Louise Errington

(Front, from left): LDCG Chair Bindi Isis and CDU Pro Vice-Chancellor Community Engagement Professor Giselle Byrnes. (Back, from left): ACIKE Manager Engagement and Enrichment Bronwyn Rossingh, LDCG Co-Chair Birut Zemits, City of Darwin Alderman George Lambrinidis and The Patch Coordinator Judy Grant (Front, from left): LDCG Chair Bindi Isis and CDU Pro Vice-Chancellor Community Engagement Professor Giselle Byrnes. (Back, from left): ACIKE Manager Engagement and Enrichment Bronwyn Rossingh, LDCG Co-Chair Birut Zemits, City of Darwin Alderman George Lambrinidis and The Patch Coordinator Judy Grant


Green thumbs and foodies will benefit from enhanced opportunities for learning being made available through a partnership that has blossomed in a local community garden.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Charles Darwin University (CDU) and Lakeside Drive Community Garden (LDCG) Inc will promote sustainable living practices and educational activities centring on permaculture and sustainability practices.

CDU Pro Vice-Chancellor Community Engagement Professor Giselle Byrnes said the MoU formalised the long-standing relationship between LDCG and the university, and would encourage greater community involvement in the garden’s operations.

“As well as engaging members of the local community in civic activities, we are working towards creating additional learning and research opportunities on-site for CDU staff and students,” Professor Byrnes said.

“From Semester two, 2014, we hope to see greater integration of teaching programs into the garden’s activities.

“Throughout the Dry season, there will be additional opportunities for students in particular to use the garden to grow produce, and to share knowledge, resources and skills.”

The aims of this partnership are to develop educational learning opportunities and Work Integrated Learning (WIL) programs for CDU students and the public, and facilitate active learning and research opportunities to promote community wellbeing.

One of the first collaborative projects to be coordinated at LDCG will be the establishment of an operations centre for Darwin-based not-for-profit organisation, The Patch, which provides WIL programs for people with physical, behavioural and learning disabilities.

LDCG is a one hectare plot on Lakeside Drive, Casuarina, which is leased from the City of Darwin. The garden was an initiative of the CDU Talliores student network and is supported by the City of Darwin as well as the university.

The agreement under the MoU will position LDCG as a hub to foster community engagement and social inclusion.

Visit W: www.cdu.edu.au/ldcg/ for more information about the LDCG.