APY market gardens proposal: November 2010

Posted on 3 March 2013 under Clearinghouse, Making Decisions & Watarru.
Tags: community gardens
Watarru market garden, late 2011

Watarru market garden, late 2011

On 29 November 2010, the State Department of Environment and Natural Resources sent a three-page proposal to the APY Executive Board outlining its plans to establish market gardens and a quandong orchard on the APY Lands.1

On 1 December 2010, the APY Executive Board agreed to support the proposal on the condition that the proposed gardens were only established in homelands.2

On 3 December 2010, the then Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation (Hon Grace Portolesi MP) announced funding for a “food production trial” on the APY Lands that would include raised garden beds in Watarru and Sandy Bore and a quandong plantation at Pipalyatjara.3

Only one of the three locations identified by the Minister is a homeland.

Click here to download a copy of the Department’s proposal (file size: 128KB)


  1. Liddle, L (Dept. of Environment and Natural Resources). 29 November 2010. “Market Gardens Discussion and Proposal”, p1.
  2. Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara. 1 December 2010. Minutes of the APY Executive meeting held at Umuwa, p3.
  3. Portolesi, G. 3 December 2010. “Securing Healthy Food for the APY Lands”, media release.
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