Published by City Farmer, Canada's Office of Urban Agriculture


Australian City Farms,
Community Gardens
and Enterprise Centres
Inventory 1996


Australian City Farms, Community Gardens, & Enterprise Centre Inventory (1996)
Dr. Darren Phillips of Hobart, Tasmania has written and produced this timely 64 page booklet on city farming "down-under". Copies of the booklet can be obtained from: Darren Phillips
Symbioun Australia
PO Box 160 Woodbridge TAS. 7162
Ph/fax: 03 6224 8767
The cost is Australian $15 per copy, plus postage and handling of $5 within Australia and $7 (Overseas surface mail) (though this charge may be adjusted for posting multiple copies.)

"This inventory currently lists over 40 centres for Australia, drawn from all six States and the Australian Capital Territory, bar the Northern Territory. Many other centres are believed to be in existence or in very early formative stages of development. The centres listed vary widely in size, number of active site users, focus and range of activities undertaken, period of establishment, etc. They extend from large, highly organised centres with government support (usually local government), to the communal gardening efforts of small groups of people or small demonstration sites, through to exciting new 'Community Supported Agriculture' business ventures such as that undertaken by Lismore Challenge City Farm. This extraordinary range, highlights the fact that it is not so much the size of the centre but the 'principles' and methods of resource management being practised on-site that matter, and that food production systems if well designed and maintained can be highly productive in both small and large areas."


Just prior to publishing this first Inventory of Australian City Farms, Community Gardens & Enterprise Centres, a number of people/organisations with a strong commitment to these activities have come together to form a network of such centres. The network is focused on providing information support and assistance in whatever way it can for city farming and community gardening activities for each State in Australia.

The Network's contacts for information support and exchange, by State, are as follows:

Morag Gamble and Evan Raymond
c/o Sustainable Futures
Lot 50 Crystal Waters
MS 16 Maleny Qld 4552
ph/fax: 0754 944 833

New South Wales
Fiona Campbell & Russ Grayson
Pacific Edge Permaculture
PO Box 446, Kogarah, NSW 2117
02-9588 6931(Ph)
Web Site: 'NSW (New South Wales) Community Gardens'

8-10 Lee St., Brunswick East, Vic. 3057
03-9387 2609(Ph)
03-938 1844 Fax)

South Australia
1. Brad Nott
39 Davenport Street, Banksia Park SA 5091
2. Ed Wilby
PO Box 2062, Kenttown SA 5071

Darren Phillips
Symbioun Australia
PO Box 160 Woodbridge TAS. 7162
Ph/fax: 03 6224 8767

Australian Capital Territory
Dave Tooley
Earth Care Organic Systems
32 Keys Cres., Wanniassa, A.C.T. 2903

Western Australia
Joshua Byrne and Martin Anda
Environmental Technology Centre Murdoch University
Murdoch WA 6150
Ph: 08 9360 6123
Fax: 08 9310 4997
The Environmental Technology Centre

Northern Territory
John Denlay
5/7 Merkur Court, Larrakeyah NT 0820

Noel Blencowe, CERES
8-10 Lee St., Brunswick East, Vic. 3057
03-9387 2609(Ph)
03-938 1844 Fax)

Name Index By State
(of City Farms, Community Gardens and Enterprise Centres)*

Australian Capital Territory (A.C.T.)
Australian Centre for Environmentally Sustainable Systems Inc. (ACESS Inc.), Kingston
Canberra Organic Growers Society (six sites: Oaks Estate, Theodore, Erindale, Charnwood, Mitchell & Cotter Community Gardens)
Youthhaven Horticulture Project, Kambah

New South Wales (NSW)
Web Site: 'NSW (New South Wales) Community Gardens'
Angel Street Community Garden, Newtown
Big Scrub Environment Centre, Lismore
Blue Mountains Organic Community Gardens, Katoomba (2 sites)
Fairfield City Farm, Abbotsbury
Glovers Community Garden, Rozelle
Hawkesbury Earthcare, Hawkesbury
InteLife, Katoomba
Kooragang City Farm, Wallsend/Newcastle
Lismore Challenge City Farm, Lismore
Randwick Community Garden, Randwick
St. Clair Organic Garden, St. Clair
U NSW Permaculture Garden, Randwick
Woolloomooloo Community Garden, Woolloomooloo

Queensland (Qld) Darling Downs Natural Growers Group Inc., Toowoomba
Green Corner (Brisbane City Farm Association), Bardon
North East Support Group Garden, ZilImere
Northey Street City Farm, Windsor

South Australia (SA) Eleanora (The Ranch) City Farm, Noarlunga Downs
Halifax Eco City Project, Adelaide City
Hindmarsh City Farm, Brompton
Salisbury High City Farm, Salisbury

Tasmania (Tas.)
Creative Living Centre, Burnie

Victoria (Vic.)
Bundoora Park Children's Farm, Bundoora
CERES, East Brunswick
Collingwood Children's Farm, Collingwood
Collingwood Community Garden, Collingwood
Edendale Community Farm, Eltham
Knox Community Garden, Knox
Myuna Farm, Doveton
Nunawading Community Garden, Forest Hill & Blackburn
Ringwood Community Garden, Ringwood
West Brunswick Community Gardens, West Brunswick

Western Australia (WA)
East Perth City Farm, East Perth

(* To date there are no centres known to the author based in the Northern Territory)

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