Woolloomooloo Community Garden Launch

(2pm 15 June 2012, Brougham Street, Woolloomooloo)

Hello, everyone, welcome. It's good to see you all here this afternoon. I would like firstly to acknowledge the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, the traditional custodians of our land, and to pay my respects to their Elders. I also acknowledge the people of 200 nationalities who make up our city.

Welcome also to Karen Walsh, general manager of St George Community Housing, and to the representatives from the Bobby Goldsmith Foundation and the AIDS, Dementia and HIV Psychiatry Service, all of whom have been our partners in this project.

This garden and the sustainability mural came out of the SAVE program - SAVE standing for Sustainable Action Values Everyone. It's a partnership between the City, Marrickville, Randwick and Canterbury councils and Housing NSW to help householders reduce their environmental footprint.

Every household in Sydney needs to do this but most need some help to find the best ways to do it. Here you've shown one way by creating this communal garden which has the added benefit of being a pleasant and safe area for you all to use.

You've had six sustainable living workshops and created the communal mural which was designed and managed by a former tenant.

Without your active involved, this garden wouldn't be here. And along the way, you've learnt skills to ensure it continues as a sustainable and delightful place for you all to enjoy. It's also a terrific example to the wider community of what people, with just a bit of help and advice, are able to achieve for themselves and for the environment we all share.

So on behalf of the City and all our SAVE partners, I congratulate you all and I have some certificates here to give you. But firstly it's my pleasure to declare the Brougham Street communal garden and mural officially open.

Thank you.