Thank you for your interest in Warrnambool Community Garden.
We hope you will find the garden a wonderful place to connect with other people.
We hope it helps you to connect with nature, share and grow food grown using organic principles, and develop the skills and knowledge for sustainable living.
Work with the chooks
Your membership fee is directly reinvested into the operation of the garden
Working in our garden brings a great deal of camaraderie, mutual support and learning
Gardening is great for your health, who needs the gym when you can get gentle outdoor exercise that improves strength, mobility and flexibility
Boost your mental health with sunshine and fresh air
Learn new things about gardening and sustainable living, including fruit tree pruning, chook care
Help the environment by creating both food & habitat for our pollinator friends
Reduce impact of food miles with locally grown, sustainable produce, buying fresh, local food at the market
Grow food and share it with others, fostering our community
Learn the secrets of gardening in our coastal location
Meet new people and socialise, or find a quiet place to chill out
Eligible to hire a plot to grow your own produce to improve your diet and nutrition, or contribute to the communal areas
Choose how you want to help make a difference
Monthly newsletter with early notice of events and workshops
Access to the seed library to swap
Voting rights at our AGM and opportunity to get involved in our management committee
Develop leaderships and project management skills with a range of initiatives or help lead a group
A place to grow your own veggies
Plots are rented by members, families and community groups to grow and harvest their own produce.
They have exclusive use of their plot and are responsible for keeping their space weed free, tidy and productive.
If you are interested in hiring a plot, read about the application process then talk to our site manager or convenor.
How to apply
Tour the Warrnambool Community Garden
We encourage you to have a tour of the garden with an experienced member. The convenor, site manager or a committee member are great people for the tour and a chat. If you are thinking about hiring a plot, you may be able to look at some options.
Complete the application form
Read our rules, policies and guidelines and our statement of purpose. Make sure you give us a few words about why you are joining. If you are a family or an organisation, please include a second adult contact. Concessions members must show their concession cards. Do not pay membership fees up front.
Approval of application and follow up
The committee meets on the second Tuesday of each month except January and is responsible for approving membership applications. Once approved, we'll contact you with options to pay your membership fees. Your details are placed on the our member register. A member of the induction team will get in touch with some times to complete a site induction.
Pay membership fees
Members pay an annual fee according to their membership type. They also contribute to our garden according to their skills, interests and abilities.
Concessions must present their valid Commonwealth concession or student card.
Small not-for-profits with annual revenue under $500,000
Corporate and large not-for-profits with an annual revenue over $500,000
A standard plot is 4m x 4m with some variation. All are the same price.
Key deposit is a once off fee and gives access out of core hours.
Members are contacted directly each year to renew memberships and plot hire.
Updates to membership (individual to family) and changes to plots (hire or relinquish) should be done by contacting the Treasurer on firstname.lastname@example.org
Please read the above information, then fill out the form to start the membership process.
A hard copy is available below, or in the HUB. Call 0493 057 811 if you have issues.
To apply, download this form, complete it, then use the addresses on it to send in a hard copy or electronic copy.