Trans­form­ing oa­sis

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

The south­ern Mallee com­mu­nity of Rain­bow has started trans­form­ing a for­mer pri­mary school site into an oa­sis of plants, mu­sic, cre­ativ­ity, fitness and fun.

As part of a State Gov­ern­ment Small Town Transformation Pro­ject, the com­mu­nity will spend the next 18 months re­fur­bish­ing the his­toric school’s va­cant build­ings and de­vel­op­ing an Oa­sis HUB in the cen­tre of town.

This site will also be the lo­ca­tion of a new skate park.

Peo­ple have spent many hours at a work­ing bee at the site to re­move weeds, prune trees and pre­pare two por­ta­ble class­rooms for the town’s newly re­lo­cated com­mu­nity gym­na­sium. Oa­sis com­mit­tee chair­man Peter Gosling said vol­un­teer work rep­re­sented a great start to the pro­ject and showed how sup­port­ive the com­mu­nity was in bring­ing its pri­mary school back to life.

“The school dates back to the early 1900s. It closed about five years ago, so it’s in pretty good shape,” he said.

“It will be re­ally ex­cit­ing to make use of these build­ings again.

“We plan to get the gym open soon and then work on a gar­den pro­ject dur­ing the next few months.

“There will also be art projects this year and some ma­jor mu­sic work­shops are planned for 2018”.

Mr Gosling said com­mu­nity mem­bers had met landscape ar­chi­tect En:lo­cus ear­lier this year to brain­storm ideas for a large, low-wa­ter gar­den in the school grounds.

“Nearly 40 peo­ple in­clud­ing stu­dents from Rain­bow P12 braved heat­wave con­di­tions to con­trib­ute ideas to the large gar­den, which will in­clude sev­eral do­nated ma­ture palm trees,” Mr Gosling said.

“I am re­ally look­ing for­ward to see­ing how this Small Town Transformation Pro­ject can re­ally change our Mallee town over the next cou­ple of years.”

A sec­ond com­mu­nity work­ing bee is planned at the school site from 10am to 4pm on Sun­day. Peo­ple seek­ing more in­for­ma­tion can call Adelle Rohrsheim on 0431 820 493.

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