Seeds of sustainability

The ninth pro­file in our monthly Faces of Ned­lands se­ries by former City of Ned­lands com­mu­ni­ca­tions of­fi­cer Michelle New­ton is sustainability ad­vo­cate and Mt Clare­mont res­i­dent Gail Stub­ber.

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“SUSTAINABILITY is a ba­sic com­mon sense way of liv­ing – it al­ways has been and al­ways will be,” Ms Stub­ber said.

Ms Stub­ber is a strong ad­vo­cate for sus­tain­able liv­ing and has been heav­ily in­volved with the Mayo Com­mu­nity Gar­den in Swan­bourne for four years.

“I have al­ways been in­ter­ested in sustainability and de­vel­op­ment,” she said.

“I don’t un­der­stand why peo­ple don’t do it.”

Com­mu­nity gar­dens are an in­creas­ingly pop­u­lar form of civic and ur­ban agri­cul­ture shown to have mul­ti­ple ben­e­fits for par­tic­i­pants and the wider com­mu­nity, pro­vid­ing a hub where peo­ple come to­gether to grow or­ganic food, de­sign ur­ban green spa­ces and nur­ture sus­tain­able liv­ing.

“The Mayo Com­mu­nity Gar­den site is great be­cause of the his­tory and nat­u­ral re­gen­er­a­tion work that goes on around it

by the Friends of Allen Park Group,” she said.

“It has been a good fit and ties in with the nat­u­ral sur­round­ing bush­land area.”

With a core group of eight to 10 peo­ple, Ms Stub­ber has en­joyed be­ing in­volved in a com­mu­nity founded on sus­tain­able prac­tices, which in­clude no chem­i­cals, us­ing a “make-do and mend” men­tal­ity and ask­ing for help to make things hap­pen.

“The more sustainability you do, the more it comes back to sim­ple an­swers,” she said.

“I once saw a land­scape gar­dener pulling apart a lime­stone wall and asked if he didn’t want it, could he leave it at the gar­dens?

He was nice enough to do that for us.

“Bun­nings has also come on board and built a shed for us.”

From its con­cep­tion, Ms Stub­ber helped the gar­den to grow to fill a range of needs, whether it’s peo­ple rent­ing, those with small back yards or the less green-thumbed who are still in­ter­ested in the com­mu­nity and so­cial as­pects of the gar­den.

“We have had a lot of peo­ple who walk past, in­ter­ested in talk­ing to us and find­ing out about gar­den­ing at their house, but they are too time-poor to join the gar­den them­selves,” she said.

Some of Ms Stub­ber’s achievements in­clude host­ing the an­nual Earth Hour event, as well as tree prun­ing and com­post­ing work­shops at the Mayo Com­mu­nity Gar­den.

She stepped down as the Pres­i­dent of the Mayo Com­mu­nity Gar­den in 2016 and is plan­ning a life­style change in the South West.

Gail Stub­ber is a pas­sion­ate ad­vo­cate for sus­tain­able liv­ing.

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