Tharawal Koori Community Kitchen and Garden

187 Riverside Drive, Airds, NSW 2560

The Koori Community Kitchen project was set up in 2009 at Tharawal Aboriginal Corporation aiming to reduce the factors associated with food insecurity amongst Aboriginal families in Airds, NSW.

The Koori Community Kitchen, facilitated by Community Dietitian and assisted by a Health Promotion Officer runs:

Mondays (during school terms)
Community Hall, SEWB Building, 187 Riverside Drive, Airds, NSW 2560

Koori Kitchen Logo

The kitchen provides a friendly, relaxed environment where participants are able to share their knowledge and skills in food preparation, food budgeting, nutrition and healthier choices and connect with the community. It is a place where people can have a yarn about the everyday reality they face in providing healthy food for their families on a limited income.

The kitchen program encourages participants to try new and different foods and uses healthy ways of cooking. This is reflected in a participant’s comment that she was “trying new foods from the kitchen and cooking them at home and buying them for home”. Being able to take home the left over meals from the kitchen enables families to also try the new foods prepared that day and share the recipes with other family members.

A collection of the participants’ favourite recipes features in the two recipe books produced by the group over the years.

The program proudly featured in the 10 out of 10 Deadly Health Stories – Nutrition and physical activity – booklet by the Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council (AH&MRC) presenting the stories of ten successful nutrition and physical activity programs from NSW Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHSs).


Click here to read the article on 10 out of 10 Deadly Health Stories!

Koori Community Kitchen Recipe Book 2020

Download the Koori Community Kitchen Recipe Book 2020

Koori Community Kitchen Poster

Learn to cook cheap and easy meals - Monday!

Koori Community Garden

The Koori Community Garden was started to assist the Tharawal community to enjoy healthy food and improve their health, wellbeing and food security. The Community Garden program runs in conjunction with the Koori Community Kitchen on Mondays from 10.30am-1.30pm

The Community Garden is a place to have fun and meet new people, somewhere to get outdoors and try your hand at growing your own food. Fresh vegies grown in the garden and used in the Community Kitchen as part of healthy, tasty meals that are made and shared together.

Our Community Kitchen volunteer, Chris Dewar comes to the garden every Monday, he says “for the people, to have a yarn and to do what I like – gardening is my passion, my therapy…”