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Bassendean welcomes first community waterwise garden


The finishing touches have been made to Bassendean’s first community waterwise demonstration garden, designed to inspire the use of native, water-efficient plants around the home.

Located at the Bassendean Men’s Shed on May Holman Drive, the garden’s modern rustic design was selected by community members following an online vote attracting 120 submissions.

Jones and Co director Kelly Jones said anything that inspired home gardeners to choose native waterwise plants was a great thing for the community and the area’s local fauna.

 Kelly said the garden reflected a natural landscape of native grass, small trees and rocks, with feature sculptures reminding visitors of the importance of being waterwise.

“The Men’s Shed plays an important role promoting health and wellbeing in our community,” she said. “And adding gardening to the mix provides many physical, social and psychological benefits as well as showcasing water-efficient plants which all adds to the suburb’s appeal.”

As part of the project, Water Corporation is also transforming its adjacent drainage basin on the corner of Railway Parade and May Holman Drive. The basin will be planted with native vegetation to improve amenity, bank stability and increase biodiversity. The project was funded by the Water Corporation, and delivered in partnership with the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER), Town of Bassendean and the Bassendean Men’s Shed.

Men’s Shed spokesman Adam Koval said the garden would be better than the current dry grassed area and would serve as a gateway to the industrial area.

Bassendean MLA and Water Minister Dave Kelly said the demonstration garden would educate and inspire visitors on how to reduce their water use outside.

The Bassendean Men’s Shed is located on the corner of Railway Parade and May Holman Drive.

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