Membership is open to all people in the Central Desert region.

As a member, you get to take home a share of organic locally-grown produce fresh from the garden, take part in garden events, working bees and workshops, and know that you are contributing to the running of an inclusive and sustainable arid lands community garden.

Active participation in the garden.

In order to create an abundant, dynamic garden community, members agree to actively participate in garden activity for at least 26 hours each year, or one hour per fortnight, and to share what they can with the garden community. There are many opportunities for members to contribute, depending on interests and capabilities.

There are no individual plots at Westside. The garden is a communal garden where members share both the gardening and the harvest. 

Annual Membership fees

Individual / Family $150

Concession $80

Westside promotes financial inclusion as part of its commitment to be an inclusive community garden. If the cost of membership isn't affordable but would like to join the garden, please get in touch with us about discounted fees. Contact [email protected].

**Please note: All garden members are also required to hold an active membership with the Arid Lands Environment Centre (ALEC). This supports insurance needs and goes some way to reimburse ALEC for support provided to maintain the garden. ALEC membership is just $30 individual/$10 concession.

Become an ALEC member here.

Become a garden member

1. Garden Member Manual & Induction Video

Please read through our Garden Member Handbook

It is an important document which contains all the information you need to know to support your involvement with the Garden.

At your induction, we’ll ask that you sign the WCG membership agreement and abide by our important cultural norms.

The manual is supported by our 25 minute Induction Video.  

2. Pay membership fees online

Pay here

If you would like to pay by cash, please contact [email protected]

Once your payment is received, we'll contact you to arrange a time to introduce you to the garden and give you access. 

Join the Westside Garden Committee

The Garden Committee is a dedicated group of people that volunteer their time and energy to help shape and grow this sustainable arid lands garden.

Committee members meet regularly - between one to two times a month. They collaborate, have fun and share the diverse tasks that come with creating a garden the whole community can enjoy.

We encourage people with a variety of skills and interests to apply. There's no need to be expert gardener, we just ask for a commitment to attend monthly meetings for a minimum of six months.

Join a Pod

We encourage all new members to join a pod. ‘PODs’ are 'sub committees'. Each POD will have specific duties critical to the successful operation of our Garden.