If you’re currently managing or planning to establish a community garden, you can apply for an exemption.
A community garden is defined as a garden that:
- is managed by a community group and/or a not-for-profit organisation
- involves the participation of the wider community and/or a specific community (e.g. retirement village) in the day to day operation of the garden
- includes growing fruit, vegetables and herbs as primary activities.
A community garden does not include a productive garden at a school and the the normal sprinkler roster applies.
How to apply
Get your community garden manager to call us on 13 10 39 with the following information:
- the address of the community garden
- name, telephone details and email address
- the name of the person responsible for watering the community garden
- if the community garden uses a bore or scheme water
- the waterwise design features incorporated in the community garden
- the date you would like the exemption to start.
For community gardens south of Kalbarri & Kalgoorlie (inclusive)
For community gardens north of Kalbarri & Kalgoorlie (exclusive)
- Between 1 September and 31 May you can water the garden every day.
- From 1 June to 31 August you can water it 3 days per week on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, you need to in order to maintain healthy plant growth.
- The amount of water applied daily can't exceed 10mm.
- Sprinklers can only run once on any of these given days before 9am or after 6pm.
- You can run drip irrigation twice on any of these given days only if the total daily application amount doesn't exceed 10mm.
- An irrigation system can be used daily if you need to in order to maintain healthy plant growth.
- The amount of water applied daily can't exceed 20mm.
- Sprinklers must only be run once each day before 9am or after 6pm.
- Drip irrigation can daily provided that the total daily use doesn't exceed 20mm.
If you have a licensed bore please contact the Department of Water on (08) 6364 7600 to find out what kind of excemptions apply to you.