Hillside Gardens is a community garden that provides an alternative to traditional gardening for residents of the neighbourhood, but many residents don’t enjoy the same kind of privacy they have in traditional neighbourhoods.
One local resident, who asked not to be named, said her garden has become a luxury for some of her neighbours.
“I don’t have the privacy of being outside in the sun or having the breeze, so we have this garden,” she said.
“It’s a little bit like a beach in there.”
Ms Kowalski said the area has also been affected by the rising cost of water in the city, with the cost of pumping water from a well soaring from $25 to $100 a day.
“We had a lot of water bills, so it’s a lot more expensive now,” she explained.
A spokesman for the NSW Environment Protection Authority said there was a “high degree of certainty” that there were no significant risks to public health or the environment in the area. “
So you can just walk out and have a picnic there or play on the grass.”
A spokesman for the NSW Environment Protection Authority said there was a “high degree of certainty” that there were no significant risks to public health or the environment in the area.
“As with all community gardens, Hillside Garden is managed by a community-owned cooperative and its members are committed to providing a safe and enjoyable environment for residents, as well as the public,” he said.