SPRING is in the air at the Westside Community Centre in West Albury and there’s some glorious colour sprouting from the garden.
But it’s not just coming from carrots and other vegies, the members of the centre and the children involved have produced a wealth of art works.
Youth and family support co-ordinator Shri McMillan said yesterday they had been working with a Walla artist and community greening co-ordinator from Sydney to give them the opportunity to make the centre their own.
Ms McMillan said the best way for people to respect their environment was to feel ownership of it.
“It brings the community together and they are creating a safe and respectful place,” she said.
Adults and children have found lots of ways to make Westside something special, and something different.
Planting vegetables and creating art works are just some of the activities.
Phil Pettitt comes from Sydney’s Royal Botanic Gardens where he is a community greening co-ordinator.
Mr Pettitt yesterday brought traditional “bush tucker” plants including lemon myrtle, finger lime and pigface.
He said Westside was educating its members about gardening.
“It’s so much more than just putting in plants and digging —they can read labels and research about certain plants and understand nutrition,” he said.
Artist Libby Alexander said art in the garden gave people a sense of achievement when it was put on show.
“It’s a place where they’ll be seen and appreciated,” she said.
A cubby house built by students at Albury High School was presented to the centre yesterday.
Westside is located in Mulga Place, West Albury.