Rokeby Neighbourhood House Community Garden Opened Fri 22 June 2012 Lara Giddings Premier Rebecca White Parliamentary Secretary for the Cost of Living Download hi-res version Download hi-res version The Premier, Lara Giddings, and Parliamentary Secretary for the Cost of Living, Rebecca White, today opened a new community garden which will help the people of Rokeby make healthy food choices. Sunshine Garden at the Rokeby Neighbourhood House is a community garden run by volunteers, schools and local residents. "There is nothing more rewarding than planting, nurturing and harvesting produce to feed your family and friends," Ms Giddings said. "The State Government's Food Security Strategy aims to create projects like this around this state as a way of breaking the cycle of unhealthy eating and ensuring that families do not go hungry. "Neighbourhood Houses like this one in Rokeby play an important role in providing the land and volunteers needed to make community gardens a success. "Local businesses have been involved in donating tools, while volunteers have built a garden shed and bench seats. "This has been a true community effort and will remain a community asset for many years to come." Ms Giddings also congratulated John Paul 11 School student, Amanda Wilson, on her winning name for the garden - the 'Sunshine Garden'. Ms White said food security is a key part of the State Government's response to the cost of living which has been developed in close consultation with community groups. "In this year's Budget we have set aside $5 million from the sale of TOTE Tasmania which will be spent on priority areas including providing warmth, food and emergency relief to Tasmanians most in need," Ms White said. "$1 million will be used to implement the recommendations of the Government's Food Security Strategy, including encouraging better partnerships between emergency food relief providers, investing in better storage infrastructure and expanding food security services around the state." Ms Giddings said the Rokeby Community House had received a grant of $59, 477 from the Community Support Levy to help make the community garden a reality.