By David Schout
After being pushed back due to COVID-19, the Drill Hall Community Garden finally held its official opening on Saturday, March 27.
The event saw some 80 people, including Lord Mayor Sally Capp and Federal Member for Melbourne Adam Bandt, attend a morning that included a smoking ceremony and speeches from those who have played a part in the garden’s establishment.
The garden, situated at the corner of Victoria and Therry streets and next door to community health provider Cohealth, was previously a disused space chained off from the public.
However, in recent years it has been transformed into a space with garden beds, planter boxes and a seating area enjoyed particularly by Drill Hall residents next door.
Drill Hall Residents’ Association president Martin Mulvihill told CBD News that the garden was a culmination of many contributions, and was an area of peace in an otherwise busy CBD space.
With winter replanting already underway, there are now plans for the garden to extend down Therry St.