Mountain District Learning Centre (MDLC) in Ferntree Gully, Victoria was established in 1974 as Mountain District Women’s Co-operative Ltd which remains the legal entity for the organisation. In the early years, the “Co-op” focused on progressing the interests of local women by supporting the sale of hand-made craft items, providing an independent income for the women. The Co-op offered access to local community education, making academic achievement a reality for many women.
Today, the Centre provides opportunities for men and women, young and old to access programs for education, skill development, friendship and enjoyment.
The Hi Rise Community Gardens provide a welcoming space for the community to reconnect in a safe, friendly environment. Currently they have several hi-rise garden beds with a range of fruits and vegetables, citrus, plums and apple trees all under the shade of their heritage Pin Oak trees. Their social support groups have given the garden a lot of personality and distinct quirkiness with decorated bottles, wind chimes and signs. In this beautiful space, you’ll even see their chickens roaming around the gardens and entertain the visitors.
We commend their work and connection to their garden space by embracing the beneficial bug’s by making it a pesticide free zone. A caring community that actively embodies ‘Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle’ as a major part of the ethics in their garden.
Please visit their website or Facebook page here to see what they are doing, to get involved or support their great efforts in our community!