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Brauer College students, West Warrnambool Neighbourhood House Coordinator Jill Bourke and Mayor Tony Herbert

Sowing the seeds of community connections in West Warrnambool

News Article Date: 
Friday, 13 September 2019

The West Warrnambool Neighbourhood House is home to a new public garden thanks to a team of industrious Brauer College students.

The Year 12 VCAL students built and installed the garden beds themselves, purchasing materials with $775 sourced via an online fundraiser.

Student Adriana Johnstone said that the garden beds were deliberately placed on the verge of the Beamish Street facility to make them as visible and accessible as possible to residents.

“The idea was to build some community garden beds for people to come and go as they please and maybe plant a few plants and water them. Things to keep them in contact with the earth and each other,” she said.

“We’ve been working on it for about two terms. We built all of the garden beds plus a bench from scratch, painted them at school, then we’ve transferred them to the community house and installed them.

“We are so proud of what we have accomplished. To end our schooling with this project is just amazing.”

Warrnambool Mayor Tony Herbert praised the students on a job well done.

“For these students to work with such dedication on something for the whole community to enjoy, it’s just great to see,” he said.

“I think that the community houses are a fantastic initiative. With this one co-located with the kindergarten and with the two primary schools and Brauer College close by, it’s become a real focal point for the West Warrnambool community.

“The community can use this facility, they can do some gardening, meet other residents and get involved in their neighbourhood.”

For more information about the West Warrnambool Neighbourhood House, contact house coordinator Jill Bourke on jbourke [at] warrnambool [dot] vic [dot] gov [dot] au or 0418 944 276.


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