Corowa wel­comes the Bhutanese

The Free Press (Corowa) - - FRONT PAGE - BY SARAH DEAN

Nine mem­bers of the Al­bury-Wodonga Bhutanese com­mu­nity vis­ited Corowa last Wed­nes­day and the first stop was the Corowa Tree of Life Com­mu­nity Garden.

The group en­joyed a morn­ing tea of fruit and then ad­mired the com­mu­nity garden, which is look­ing very green at this time of the year with silverbeet, spinach and herbs grow­ing abun­dantly.

Corowa Tree of Life Com­mu­nity Garden Mem­ber Joan Palmer said the visit was two–fold as it al­lowed for the ex­change of gar­den­ing ideas, as well as the op­por­tu­nity for the Bhutanese to so­cialise.

“It’s won­der­ful to have them here to­day and learn about their com­mu­nity garden and swap ideas,” she said.

“They are all learn­ing English and the best way for them to prac­tice is if they use their English while talk­ing to peo­ple in the com­mu­nity, so the visit is an ex­ten­sion of that.”

In­tereach Corowa Com­mu­nity Hub link worker Martin Clarke said the visit was part of the Hub’s abil­ity links pro­gram.

“It’s about build­ing links with the Bhutanese com­mu­nity in Al­bury-Wodonga and so we are giv­ing them a tour around Corowa,” he said.

“We will also be tak­ing them to Rower’s Park where they can walk along the river, which we an­tic­i­pate will bring back many mem­o­ries of Bhutan for them, giv­ing there are lots of ma­ture trees down there for them to look at and re­mind them of their home­town.”

Mean­while, mem­bers of the com­mu­nity garden are ex­cited to re­ceive two new raised garden beds that will ben­e­fit those with a mo­bil­ity dis­abil­ity or peo­ple who have trou­ble bend­ing over.

Corowa Tree of Life Com­mu­nity Garden Mem­ber Lynn Fred­er­icks said Corowa res­i­dent Brian Stanger vol­un­teered to make the raised garden beds af­ter sam­pling the idea in his own garden.

“Be­cause they are raised it will al­low those with scoot­ers or wheel­chairs to come right up to the garden beds,” he said.

“It’s also great for those who can­not bend over due to hav­ing a bad back.

“We pro­vided some re­pur­posed tim­ber and the screws and Brian do­nated his time and skills, which we are very grate­ful for.”

Fel­low com­mu­nity garden mem­ber Dave Sadler said the raised garden beds would soon be home to let­tuces and later on cap­sicum, car­rots and beet­root.

“Th­ese garden beds fit right in and give res­i­dents visit­ing the garden some ideas for their own home,” he said.

In­tereach Corowa Com­mu­nity Hub link worker Martin Clarke (sit­ting to the left) with Corowa res­i­dents, garden mem­bers and the Bhutanese vis­i­tors.

Corowa Tree of Life Com­mu­nity Garden Mem­bers Dave Sadler and Lynn Fred­er­icks are happy with the do­nated raised garden beds.

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