Neighbourhood case studies

Bronte Community Garden

On 22 March 2015, Connected Waverley supported a group of 30 active community gardeners to install six raised garden beds and stage a very successful planting day at the Bronte Community Garden. Four working bees are already organised to cover the next 12 months of activities at Langley Laneway (off Dickson Street, Bronte). In the near future this group aims to plant natives further up the laneway.

Palmerston Avenue, Bronte

The Bronte Public School retaining wall was having issues with Graffiti. To try and solve this Council met with the local community and decided the best option was to build a garden along the wall. This was done in June 2014.

Due to this success, the community also agreed on and selected a mural concept to go up on the blank wall. The concept of a whale mural was selected seeing as it evocative of the sea, keeping in touch with the location of the wall. Artists, Sophie Scott and Caroline Kite designed and executed the day with the help of Connected Waverley. On the 27th of June 2015, more than 60 volunteers showed to paint the mural. This project was a success, creating a colourful and relaxing space.

Waverley Woollahra Art School (WWAS)

On the 22nd of August 2015, Council partnered with over 100 youth volunteers from Optus Rock Corps, WWAS, local business GrowSpace and residents. This large vibrant working bee aimed to transform WWAS’s empty green space into an interactive, useful and colourful space where the community could come together. Temporary feature were installed such as: Urban lounges, colourful painted fences, ‘I dream of...’ interactive chalk board. WWAS private resident backyards were also improved. A second working bee was held on the 26th of September 2015, to finish the installation of Modbox planter boxes with seats, finish painting fences and stencilling. Council hopes that this green interactive space will bring community members together to socialise and get creative.

Anglesea Street Communal Garden

In October 2013, Connected Waverley - with major sponsor, Chanel 7’s “Better Homes and Garden” program, local residents, community groups and the NSW Department of Housing (land owners) - facilitated the transformation of an unused and abandoned car park located on Anglesea Street, Bondi being - into a vibrant, usable, community garden.

Connected Waverley continues to support this incorporated association of approx 60 local gardeners with advice, and specifically funds an expert organic horticulturist to run workshops twice a year.

Anglesea Street Communal Garden has remained a focal meeting point, bringing greenery and vibrancy to this diverse community for more than 2 years.

Cox Avenue

A group of Residents on Cox Avenue got in contact with the Local Connections Coordinator in an attempt to improve the intersection on Cox Ave and Lamrock Ave, North Bondi, which was being used as a dumping ground.

On the 22nd June 2013 the Cox Avenue community turned out to plant and improve their little patch of green. This planting day was the result of a small dedicated group of residents working with the Connected Waverley program. This project was successful and is now a little patch of green that has become a feature of the street. It has turned into a space that residents can take pride in and come together to discuss what’s happening in their neighbourhood.

The Village Verge Project in Dover Heights

Local business owner of Tre Pani inspired The Village Verge Project, a community planting initiative, located at the corner of Blake and Military Roads. The project helped in improving the local Village Centre through greening and community input. It also provided an opportunity for the community to take ownership of visual improvements to their area, allowing them to give back to their community.

In November 2013, The Dover Heights community of volunteers worked together with the guidance of Council to convert the dry patchy grass edge into a leafy, green, native garden. Long grass, and plants were planted; bike racks were installed (rack to support the increasingly popular Dudley Page Reserve children’s bike track); and planter boxes were installed to grow community vegetables.

National Neighbour Day

The annual National Neighbour Day held 30 March 2014 is a great way to break the ice and start the conversation. This day helps to build a sense of community, by encouraging everyone to get to know each other in a relaxed and fun environment.

Four active Shared Garden groups took up the challenge and organised their get together as part of a Council supported event. Leading the charge was the Cox Avenue, Bondi Shared Garden group who held an afternoon BBQ on their now beautiful little patch of green, locally known as ‘CoxHenge’. Street Ambassador, Bill O’Toole, played an official Scotts “Piping in of the Council sponsored sausages” and then directed the Cox Avenue Choir to sing, “My Only Sunshine. Approximately 50 neighbours attended the BBQ.

The feedback received was extremely positive. The day generated a great deal of enthusiasm for future community building events in people’s neighbourhoods.