The Lakeside Drive Community Garden is an initiative of the CDU Tallories student group. Students and university staff spent almost a year putting in hard work to lay the foundations for the garden. This included finding a site, determining the key objectives of the garden, soil testing the proposed site and meeting with University and Council to gain approval for the site.
On June 28th 2009, the community were invited to a Visioning Day to share their ideas for the future of the garden. Over seventy people attended the Visioning Day and the Lakeside Drive Community Garden group made up of students, community and university staff was formed.
In 2011, the Lakeside Drive Community Garden (LDCG) was awarded third place in the prestigious 2011 MacJannet Prize for Global Citizenship, an international award that recognises exceptional student civic engagement initiatives in universities around the world.
CDU student Liam Golding and LDCG Coordinator Anjea Travers and Community Engagement Project Manager, Nicole Manapol attended the 2011 Talloires Network Leaders Conference in Madrid Spain where they received the MacJannet Award on behalf of CDU Talloires. The Conference, “Building the Engaged University” brought together nearly 200 higher education leaders from over 40 countries to discuss the future of the global movement for civic engagement, community outreach, and social responsibility in higher education.