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Art, fruit trees and sport making a difference in Elizabeth Grove

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Art, fruit trees and sport making a difference in Elizabeth Grove
Published 6 September 2018
Small measures are making a big difference in Elizabeth Grove, with local residents adding more colour and life to their community.

Small measures are making a big difference in Elizabeth Grove, with local residents adding more colour and life to their community.

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Local residents have been involved in several community projects at Elizabeth Grove, including a laneway safety and community art program (featured above and below). Photo: Supplied

The City of Playford recently worked with Elizabeth Grove residents to enhance health and wellbeing in their suburb, undertaking three projects:

  • Laneway safety and community art
  • Fruit trees in public spaces
  • Free sports-equipment library at Secombe Street Reserve

City of Playford Mayor Glenn Docherty said the projects have provided great community benefits.

“Community members suggested free sporting equipment be available at Secombe Street Reserve, giving children the chance to try their hand at various sports and use the great facilities in one of our best-known recreation spaces,” Mayor Docherty said.

“The free sports equipment, which complements regular coaching clinics held at the site, has been well used.”

Laneway art

To increase walking in the community, residents also focused on laneways and making a convenient shortcut safer and more appealing to use.

Laneways received safety improvements and a key laneway linking Fairfield Road and Afford Street was improved with bright community art.

“It was great to have the whole family, from kids to grandparents, working together to contribute to the community and also promote Secombe Street Reserve through sports-themed artwork,” project participant Jasmine Brouwers said.

Meanwhile, a new community fruit trees action group assisted in planning, planting and maintaining communal fruit trees in Burgate Reserve.

A community planting day was held on 23 August with participants learning how to plant and care for the trees.

Whilst the trees won’t have full crops for several years, the residents can see the benefits of having communal fruit trees and enjoyed meeting new people and making new connections in the community.

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Tree planting in Burgate Reserve, Elizabeth Grove. Photo: Supplied