Taroona Community Garden members are excited by the prospect of purchasing an upgraded worm farm to replace their current, deteriorating system after the Kingborough Council meeting on Monday, May 25.
A motion was raised to utilise unexpended funds from the 2019/2020 Community Waste Education budget and was carried five votes to four.
The motion supported the purchase of a community waste recycling worm farm system by the Taroona Community Garden, as council's designated budget for initiatives relating to waste and education had not yet been spent this financial year.
The current double bay worm farm has been in operation for over 12 years and members of the community garden said they are keen to create more accessible opportunities for composting in the Kingborough community as the current system is at capacity.
The proposed new system will be vermin and weatherproof and will increase safety and access for the gardeners, who will be able to gather casings and collect liquid more easily.
The group also intend to offer education to the community on the benefits of the worm farm and hope that this will encourage more members of the public to rethink sending their food scraps straight to landfill.
The motion passed at the council meeting quoted the project cost as $3920 for the new system, including delivery, with the Taroona Community Garden to contribute approximately $800 worth of materials to the project including worms, pavers and signage.
Members of the community garden will also be providing labour and materials for the installation of the new system as well as ongoing management and maintenance.
Pictured above: Deirdre Brown, Janelle Marcant and Margaret Jones with children Pierre, Louis, Chloe, Katie and Margot, pictured at the Taroona Community Garden with the double bay worm farm, which has been in operation for over 12 years.