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Circular Head 'Community Garden Project' Shared Responsibility Agreement (SRA)
|Date:||14 November 2005|
|Sub Category:||Shared Responsibility Agreement (SRA)|
|Location:||Circular Head, Tasmania|
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|Subject Matter:||Agriculture | Collaboration / Partnership | Health and Community Services | Horticulture|
|Circular Head 'Community Garden Project' Shared Responsibility Agreement (SRA) is a 'community wide partnership' agreement between the Circular Head Indigenous Community, the Australian and local governments, local corporations and the Smithton High School. It provides the funding and resources for the creation of a community garden to produce and sell organic produce. The community garden will auspice a Healthy Eating Program and horticultural training for Indigenous community members. It also seeks to establish a nursery for native trees to use in local forest and streamside revegetation programs. |
Shared Responsibility Agreements are agreements between governments and Indigenous communities to provide discretionary funding in return for community obligations. The new arrangements developed from an initiative of the Council of Australian Governments and replace the previous ATSIC system of funding. For more information see 'Shared Responsibility Agreement' below.
The SRA aims to address community-identified priorities by improving health and nutrition and developing a horticultural skills base that will contribute to Indigenous enterprise and economic benefit.
The Office of Indigenous Policy Coordination has proposed a contribution of $13,000 towards part-time wages, while the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations has proposed a contribution of $5,000 towards a business feasibility consultancy through the Indigenous Small Business Fund (ISBF).
The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Tasmania and TAFE Burnie, have proposed a contribution of $1,500 towards seedlings, glass house development and horticultural training and potential funding for Indigenous students.
The Circular Head Council has proposed the provision of tetanus immunizations to ten garden workers.
The SRA also has numerous corporate partners, including the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, which has proposed the contribution of a 12 month subscription to 'Gardening Australia Magazine' and advice from television presenter Peter Cundall. Gunns Limited will provide timber, woodchips and sawdust while Greenham Tasmania and Smithton Plant Nursery will provide fertilizer, seedlings and expert advice respectively. Circular Head Dolomite and Trading Co has proposed a contribution of cement and fertilizer, while Beaurepaire Tyers has proposed provision of old tyres for planters.
The Smithton High School will host the garden site with perimeter fencing.
In return for the funding, the community and individuals will contribute to the funding and resources for the garden. This includes:
• contributions towards employment costs of a Coordinator;
• participation in the garden workforce in a voluntary and paid capacity;
• encouraging community participation and support of the garden, its procedures and workplace standards;
• organising training through TAFE for community members;
• ensuring workers meet occupational health and safety requirements;
• undertaking a Business Feasibility Study to develop the commercial aspect of the garden's operations; and
• developing programs, workshops, resource libraries etc to encourage 'Healthy Eating' and gardening skills.
The funding of the SRA is subject to the partners entering into a legally binding funding agreement.
Performance Indicators and Feedback Mechanisms
The SRA provides for ongoing liaison between the community and the Hobart Indigenous Coordination Centre, as well as standard monitoring under the Indigenous Small Business Fund.
|Australian Government - Indigenous Portal (2005) Circular Head 'Community Garden Project' Shared Responsibility Agreement (SRA)|
|Circular Head Council (28 September 2006) Circular Head Community Garden|
|Shared Responsibility Agreement (SRA) (Australia)|
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