Disused drains offer food for thought
FIVE disused drains in Wellard are set to be transformed into food growing areas and community focal points by the Homestead Ridge Progress Association.
The association has embarked on the new project to rehabilitate the drains, which have become eyesores.
Association member Sonny Rolfe came up with the idea about two years ago after scouring thousands of acres of cleared land to find suitable areas to establish native gardens and vegetable patches.
He said the drains, or soaks, were previously unused spaces and covered large areas, up to 70m x 40m.
“You can grow an awful lot of stuff in here,” he said.
“Some of the ideas we have been kicking around include growing bush tucker and food for animals like Carnabay’s cockatoos and vegie gardens.”
Mr Rolfe said there were also plans to plant native trees. The first soak to be targeted is at the northern intersection of Wellard Road and Silversmith Street.
“When you see it in three years time, this will be a place that people will come to visit instead of it being a wasteland,” he said.
He said the soaks drained water quickly so flooding would not be a problem.
“We’ve got different soil types so we can experiment with all kinds of things,” he said. “All we need now is for some local volunteers and people from the nearby Providence Estate and Wellard Village to come along.”
The Kwinana branch of the Bendigo Bank has contributed $1000 and the City of Kwinana has agreed to the association’s action plan for the project.
Mayor Carol Adams said it was a fantastic initiative.
Association president Robina Elis said the group formed 25 years ago to promote the preservation and development of the local community.
She said the association was looking for new members, especially younger people, to get involved and fundraising to cover costs such as public liability insurance. It is having a big tree planting day on Sunday, August 6, at the soak and is encouraging locals to come along and take part.
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Sonny Rolfe plants a seedling in one of the large drainage areas near Wellard Road.