Malabugilmah

Clarence Valley, NSW

August - October 2018

From August to October in 2018, the Compost Central team travelled out to the remote indigenous community of Malabugilmah, to work with members of the community building garden beds and compost systems to give the residents a means of growing their own food and managing their own food waste on site.

The Malabugilmah compost project is a part of the communities rubbish management plan, aiming to reduce waste to landfill by increasing organic recycling. The project is one of 29 projects in Aboriginal communities across NSW funded under the NSW EPA’s Aboriginal Community Waste Management Program

Our team initially gave a presentation on converting organic waste to food to the Malabugilmah community, during a waste program with Elaine Toogood (N.E. Waste), Keith Bolton and Ross James (CEO of Jana Ngalee Aboriginal Land Council). The community was very enthusiastic and soon after the Compost Central team headed back with materials and produce, ready to assemble raised custom garden beds with composting systems.

Using up-cycled materials - an old boat, a busted wading pool, a cracked water tank, a number of duraplas tanks - we created 7 raised garden beds. 

Key to the project was community engagement. Everyone, including the children, learned in workshops: how to make compost buckets, build garden beds and plant vegetables.

.Auntie Carol, an elder of the community, was proud of the community coming together to complete this project, exclaiming that she “had not seen this type of community engagement in over 20 years”.

We installed a Subpod in Aunty Carol’s garden ship along with the kids from the local school. Everyone, including the children, gained a lot from workshops we held - how to make compost buckets, build garden beds and plant vegetables

Another part of engaging the community was a presentation for the kids at the local primary school where Andrew taught the importance building up the soil and composting giving answers to one child’s innocent, yet key question “what’s so special about soil?”.

On our several trips back to the Malabugilmah community, weeks after the installs, the garden beds were thriving with produce, and it was very evident that the community had taken a genuine sense of pride in their garden beds, and were making the connection between growing food and composting their waste. 

A few photos of our work at the Malabugilmah community, featuring lots of hard-working, smiling locals

 

Malabugilmah is a small New South Wales unbounded locality within the local government area of Clarence Valley, around 3hrs from Byron Bay and 8hrs from Sydney.


The Malabugilmah compost project is a part of the communities rubbish management plan, aiming to reduce waste to landfill by increasing organic recycling. The project is one of 29 projects in Aboriginal communities across NSW funded under the NSW EPA’s Aboriginal Community Waste Management Program

This project is supported by the NSW EPA Waste Less Recycle More initiative.


Introduction

Andrew (Compost Central Founder) after just arriving on site at Malabugilmah, introducing the massive project about to begin! Hit subscribe on the video below for updates on our next installs and projects


Installs

Project 1 - Garden Ship & Geo Dome

Aunty Carol Wilson, Nakkita Johnson and Dane O’Connor

 

Project 2 - Tank Gardens

Natalie Robinson and her kids Libby & Liza

 

Project 3 - Tank Garden

Lindsay Williams and Lyndel Walker

 

Project 4 - Oblong Tank Garden

Cliffy & Roseanne Williams. Cliffy is an Elder in the community and requested to not have any photos taken. We upcycled a rain water tank into a fully functioning Gardenship veggie and herb garden with compost bucket system.

 

Project 5 - Oblong Tank Garden

Raylene Williams 


The Wrap Up

Andrew (Compost Central Founder) and Peter Critch wrapping up on what was a very massive and rewarding week at Malabugilmah! Great work everybody! Hit subscribe on the video below for updates on our next installs and projects

Elaine Toogood from North East Waste sharing about the Malabugilmah project, in collaboration with Compost Central. A great success! And it’s only just begun!


Gallery

A few extra photos of the whole team (Compost Central and Mala community locals) working hard and learning together, whilst constructing the gardens. A great community effort!

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