Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

Royalty money for ‘edible gardens’

Wendy Duncan MLC

Wendy Duncan MLC

Wendy Duncan MLC yesterday announced a $1.6million grant to a program aimed at providing fresh food to Aboriginal communities.

The EON Foundation’s “Edible Gardens” program, which has run for five years at Djarindjin/Lombadina, will be rolled out to Kalumburu, Warmun, Halls Creek, Wankatjungka, Ngalapita and Wanalirri.

You can read a media release here:

ROYALTIES FOR REGIONS SUPPORT EDIBLE GARDENS IN THE KIMBERLEY 2 APRIL 2012

The EON Thriving Communities project has been awarded over $1.6m under the Royalties for Regions

Action Agenda to improve the health of indigenous communities through the cultivation and

consumption of fresh food, especially fruit, vegetables and bush tucker.

The funding was announced today by Wendy Duncan, Member for Mining and Pastoral, who said

that it was part of the first round of the $75m available for individual projects that assist the

development of infrastructure or services in regional Western Australia.

Edge of Nowhere Foundation (EON) introduced its EON edible garden concept in 2007. The first EON

edible garden was created at the Djarindjin/Lombadina Catholic School in the Kimberley, and the

success of that 2008 pilot project has led to the introduction of EON edible gardens in seven other

communities.

The EON edible gardens program provides access to affordable fruit and vegetables in remote

communities and is a way to promote the importance of a nutritious diet in a happy and healthy life.

“The Royalties for Regions funded project will have four components – EON Edible Gardens, EON

Healthy Eating, EON Education and Training, and EON Healthy Homes – a comprehensive approach to

improving diet, knowledge of hygiene and nutrition, as well as horticultural skills,” Ms Duncan said.

EON has employed well-known horticulturist, Sabrina Hahn, to help develop the edible gardens in

consultation with the community schools and leaders.

“This is a very ambitious project that has captured the imagination of the State and the communities

that benefit from it. The focus of this funding will be on the communities of Wankatjungka,

Ngalapita, Kalumburu, Warmun, Halls Creek, and Wanalirri, where community representatives

approached EON to participate in the program.”

“I congratulate the leaders in these communities for their commitment to the project. The focus on

healthy eating and healthy living should help to improve the wellbeing of the people in their

remote communities and work towards closing the gap in their health outcomes and life

expectancy.”

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