Mission, Objectives & Philosophy

Our Mission

Bring a diverse group of Newcastle’s inner west residents together in a beautiful community garden to, provide social opportunities, education and to grow and distribute healthy food on a neighbourhood scale.

Objectives

  • To increase the skills and resilience of our community.
  • To improve the physical and mental health our community.
  • To reduce wastage of food, water and petrol transportation in our community.
  • To create a beautiful habitat for ourselves and wildlife.

Philosophy

We seek to help maintain Croatian Wickham Sports Club as a much loved community asset and cultural meeting place for the Croatian community and other Newcastle residents. To help with their mission to run cultural events that build resilience and community connections.

We acknowledge Pambalong Clan of the Awabakal People on whose land we work, honour indigenous ways of teaching and advocate for reconciliation.

All people should feel like they belong regardless of age, wealth or culture. We make our communications accessible by using multiple channels like email, SMS, social media, and in-real-life (posters, flyers and signage) using the locations to target diverse groups. Language should be accessible.

To foster feelings of belonging, we introduce ourselves to any new arrivals at the garden, even if we feel new ourselves.

Meet up regularly and predictably.

Conserve all resources by means of responsible production, consumption, reuse and recovery of all products, packaging, and materials, without burning them, and without discharges to land, water or air that threaten the environment or human health.

Have our needs fulfilled by the local community, primarily and help fulfill theirs in return.

Challenge common methods if they are out of line with our objectives.

Be financially sustainable and allow for economically diverse participation to reduce the effects of wealth division.

This document was developed with the help of a visioning meeting: Vision, Mission & Aim 2020. I used this guide to turn the findings of the meeting into this document.