Skills bloom in gar­den

Pinjarra Murray Times - - OPINION -

VOL­UN­TEERS, in­clud­ing mem­bers of not-for-profit dis­abil­ity ser­vices provider In­telife Group and Bun­nings and Land­corp em­ploy­ees, banded to­gether re­cently to rein­vig­o­rate the com­mu­nity gar­den at Land­corp’s Man­durah Junc­tion es­tate.

Bun­ning Man­durah do­nated soil and seedlings.

Land­corp gen­eral man­ager re­gional Stu­art Na­ha­jski said the raised gar­den beds were look­ing a lit­tle tired af­ter en­dur­ing a hard win­ter.

“The gar­den was de­signed as a fo­cal point where peo­ple can meet to grow food, foster friend­ships and em­brace sus­tain­able liv­ing,’’ he said.

“We hope lo­cal res­i­dents will see the change and be en­cour­aged to get their hands dirty and adopt a gar­den bed.

“The gar­den is a place for peo­ple of all ages, back­grounds and abil­i­ties.”

The gar­den will be man­aged by In­telife Group, which is com­mit­ted to tak­ing part in com­mu­nity ac­tiv­i­ties that teach peo­ple life and other com­mu­nity liv­ing skills.

In­telife ser­vices man­ager Scott McKen­zie said work­ing at the gar­den would en­cour­age self-con­fi­dence for his team mem­bers and help them con­trib­ute to the com­mu­nity.

“Help­ing re­vi­talise the gar­den was a re­ward­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. The gar­den is a safe space for our par­tic­i­pants to learn new skills and fa­cil­i­tate de­vel­op­ment and in­ter­act with lo­cal res­i­dents,” he said.

The gar­den, next to Man­durah rail­way sta­tion, now has straw­ber­ries and a range of herbs.

Bun­nings team mem­bers Brian and Annalise, In­telife skills trainer Emma-Lee Beer, Brodie Wood, Shane McQueen, In­telife skills trainer Robert Stu­iber, Izaak Red­mond, In­telife area ser­vices man­ager Scott McKen­zie, Matthew Vi­dot and Land­corp’s Ja­son Vi­vian.

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