Warrnambool Community Garden: 2022 Winner – Sustainable places and destinations

Last updated: 9 December 2022
quarry with 2 walls covered with native plants and the third wall is exposed sandstone Warrnambool Community Garden is the Community Champion award winner in the Premier's Sustainability Awards 2022 – Sustainable places and destinations category.

Warrnambool Community Garden has converted a long-abandoned quarry into a beautiful amphitheatre for public open space and community events.

Steep walls have been covered with native plantings designed to provide food and shelter for many flora and fauna, from fungi to frogs, lizards, birds, and small mammals. Other areas remain exposed to showcase the sandstone geology on which the town of Warrnambool was established.

When complete, the amphitheatre will feature all-abilities access and underground power infrastructure suitable for large concerts.

Inspired by similar transformations, Warrnambool Community Garden has created a space that will benefit both residents and local nature for generations to come.

Sustainable places and destinations 2022 finalists