Moorabbin Airport turns to farming in aid of charity

written by australianaviation.com.au | September 24, 2015
Goodman Foundation CEO Jo Cameron, Moorabbin Airport CEO Paul Ferguson, FareShare CEO Marcus Godinho,  Kingston Mayor, Cr Geoff Gledhill at the launch. (Moorabbin Airport)
Goodman Foundation chief executive Jo Cameron, Moorabbin Airport chief executive Paul Ferguson, FareShare chief executive Marcus Godinho and Kingston Mayor Cr Geoff Gledhill at the launch. (Moorabbin Airport)

Moorabbin Airport has gifted a 3,000 square metre plot of land on site to a local charity kitchen for growing vegetables.

The initiative with Victoria’s FareShare, a charity kitchen which rescues food and cooks meals for more than 400 charities across the state, is expected to produce 12 tonnes of vegetables such as pumpkin, broccoli, cauliflower and capsicum a year, enough for one million meals.

Moorabbin Airport owners Goodman said volunteers will build the garden beds, which is being managed by both the airport and FareShare.

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“FareShare needed more land in metropolitan Melbourne. As a metropolitan airport, with a shareholder who knows how to unlock value in land, Goodman quickly recognised the kitchen garden as an important cause and a good opportunity to make a real difference for many Victorians,” Moorabbin Airport Corporation chief executive Paul Ferguson said in a statement.

The land has been gifted to Fareshare until 2048, a period of 33 years. It was equivalent to a $100,000 annual donation, Moorabbin Airport said.

FareShare chief executive Marcus Godinho said the initiative would benefit thousands of people.

“Being able to plant and harvest our own will ensure our 750 regular volunteers have the necessary ingredients to cook nutritious meals for Victorians in need,” Godinho said.

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“Every week we receive requests for more food from charities. The only thing holding us back is ingredients. The FareShare Kitchen Garden at Moorabbin Airport will help us expand production to meet growing community need and enable us to cook more than 1.15 million meals this year.”

More information about FareShare can be found on the organisation’s website.

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4 Comments

  • Raymond

    says:

    Mmmm, combining my favourite taste and smell… I’ve always wanted to eat avgas-flavoured veggies!

  • Doug

    says:

    Its like the organic strawberries they had at end of 34 in melbourne

  • Adrian P

    says:

    Probably no worse than all those Volkswagens driving down Centre Dandenong Road.

    An old mate of mine was a navigator on Canberras reckoned the a farmers field of cabbages was a good over run area when the brakes failed. Slows you down with out too much damage.

  • Sandy Reith

    says:

    Another part of the airport given over to anything except flying. At least not more obstructive buildings is about the best one say, notwithstanding some charitable benefit. On the broader outlook there could be hundreds of new jobs created at Moorabbin airport if the General Aviation industry was given a fair shake, government should payoff the existing lease holder and sell the landside as freehold to aviation businesses keeping the airside in public ownership. Just like other businesses then they can borrow, invest and grow jobs so there is less need for charities to grow vegetables. The airside should be treated the same as roads being the essential nodes to the mighty aerial freeways to everywhere.

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