The Waterloo Community Gardens, Solander, Marton & Cook Gardens, were proposed and established by the residents of Waterloo Public Housing Estate in 1995. The gardens have been maintained and expanded by the residents over the last 25 years as the Waterloo Residents Market Gardens Incorporated. They hold significant historic and social significance to the Waterloo community.Now, with Waterloo Estate is facing complete demolition and reconstruction, these three gardens face a very serious threat of erasure from history.
With the support and advocacy efforts of Waterloo Public Housing Action Group, the topic of community gardens were front and center throughout the official visioning and consultation process. The desire for and retention of the community gardens were reflected in all official documents including the Vision Report, Options Booklet, and Options Testing documents.The three options for the redevelopment plans tested with the community included provisions for community gardens and rooftop gardens.In 2020, the Waterloo Estate Redevelopment Plans were subdivided into three regions, Waterloo South, Waterloo Central, and Waterloo North. The community gardens fell in the Waterloo North region and will be redeveloped last, with detailed plans yet to be released by the State government.Presently, the gardens are still operational and enjoyed by the residents.