Grants working in our community

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Gardener John Allen tends beans in the Community Garden at The Monastery, Urrbrae.

Grants working in our community

Urrbrae Interschool Gymkhana

The City of Mitcham awarded a $500 event grant to Urrbrae Agricultural High School for their Interschool Gymkhana.

The Urrbrae Interschool Gymkhana hosted 90 competitors along with many of the wider Urrbrae community at its second Interschool Gymkhana.

The Gymkhana provides a connection to the horses which aims to improve physical and mental wellbeing, resilience and organisation, especially in young people.

To show their gratitude for our support, the City of Mitcham logo was put on the front of all 10 of the winning horse’s rugs.

The grant assisted with the costs of the event which allowed many students to compete.

Monastery Community Garden

A new Community Garden at The Monastery, Urrbrae, is set to welcome gardeners of all ages who share a love of gardening.

The project aims to promote healthy lifestyles and the positive benefits of gardening as well as providing an outlet for social connection for older people in the community.

With support from a $2,500 City of Mitcham grant, the garden is tended by members of the Monastery’s Youth Group and Men’s Shed, horticulture students from the Waite campus as well as residents of nearby residential care and supported living homes.

Grounds and Maintenance Manager Donna Cooper said as part of the project, 10 raised beds had been built, an irrigation system installed, and a range of vegetables and herbs established, along with an orchard of fruit trees and passionfruit vine.

Three sponsored bee hives from The Urban Bee help pollenate the garden.

Due to COVID-19, many of the volunteers helping to establish the garden had been absent in recent months.

“But we’re looking forward to welcoming everyone back as they are able to return,” she said. “People are welcome to come and sit and have a cup of tea and enjoy the sunshine and our gardens.”

Produce from the garden is used in the commercial kitchen on site and shared among volunteers.

For more information or to get involved contact Donna Cooper on 8338 8700 or email

Find out more about City of Mitcham’s Grants Program here.