Designs

Onslow Community Garden

By Josh Byrne & Associates

  • Onslow Community Garden

    Onslow Community Garden

  • Onslow Community Garden

    Onslow Community Garden

  • Onslow Community Garden

    Onslow Community Garden

About the project

Multi functional space made up of vegetable beds, tropical food forests and nursery with a wonderful outdoor kitchen.
There is an oasis in the remote Pilbara region of Western Australia, and it is called the Onslow Community Gardens. This multi functional space covers more than 1,800m2 and is made up of vegetable beds, tropical food forests and nursery with a wonderful outdoor kitchen.

The project has been established to develop community skills in food production and organic gardening, while providing a focal point for community gatherings and cultural celebration. It is recognised as a bench mark for remote community projects in WA and has gained wide acclaim both regionally and nationally for its design and level of community involvement.

The water conservation strategies used in the garden have been key to its success. Not only to make the most of this precious resource, but as a valuable tool for community education. Locals are now using this garden as a source of inspiration, learning best practice for their own water wise gardening.

These include:
• Micro climate modification
• Advanced landscape hydro zoning
• Appropriate species selection
• Soil conditioning
• Drip irrigation and remote water metering

The community garden has a range of other sustainability benefits, demonstrating the potential for local food production and strengthened food security. It also provides a space to further cultivate social capital and community cohesion.

With recognition at the LIAWA (Landscape Industries Association of WA) Awards of Excellence 2011 as a Finalist in the Sustainable Landscapes, it sets a welcoming benchmark for arid rural green spaces.