“The produce is fresher and you get a better idea of where you come from and there’s potentially a social element to it as well where either you’re involved with it yourself or you know other people who are involved with it,” Mr Wills said.
By Pila Wirsu
Mar 4, 2017
Migrant Resource Centre community development officer Alister Mackinnon said the garden, which is open to the community as well as migrants, has been a great tool for community integration.
“Because it’s open to the community in general you inevitably have that mixing of people from all walks of life and cultures and backgrounds,” he said.
“There’s great opportunities for sharing skills and learning from each other, there’s some amazing ideas that our new arrivals bring with them from their countries of origin like Bhutan, Sierra Leone, Sudan, the Congo and they love to share what they used to grow.”
Mr Mackinnon said it is empowering for recently arrived migrants to be able to contribute positively to society.
“A lot of our clients have experienced different levels of torture and trauma in their home country and through the refugee camps that they were staying in … so then when they come to Launceston they certainly do feel empowered to be able to contribute in some way that’s positive,” he said.