Community helps school to grow its healthy idea
Roadworks to address community concerns
EVERTON Primary School is in the final throes of developing its own kitchen.
Set to help the school’s 13 students utilise fresh produce from their herb, fruit and vegetable garden, the kitchen will also be a safer alternative to youngsters crossing the Great Alpine Road to use the township’s CFA facilities.
School council member Jackie Vetter said generous donations from community members and local businesses had helped the project take shape since November last year.
It also benefited from funding through the Grow Your Idea program, run by Gateway Health using funds from the Federal Department of Social Services, receiving $3000 in the first round and $2000 from round two.
The latter grant will be used to build stairs from the kitchen to the garden, and purchase fruit trees to add to fresh produce grown at the school.
Ms Vetter said information provided through Grow Your Idea had connected the school with the Volskills Bank, where locals’ volunteer services are matched with projects in need.
Volunteer Joe Rosicka was putting the finishing touches to the kitchen’s grouting last week, and said he had enjoyed being part of the development.
“It’s a great chance to give something back,” he said.
The new facilities will help the school with its idea for ‘Fresh Produce Friday’, where students will be invited to help make healthy lunches using the food they have grown in their garden.
“We’ll get the kids in to make risotto cups and healthy wraps,” Ms Vetter said.
“We’d like to start that by term four, ready for summer.”
There are also plans for the Everton Local Food (or ELF) stand, located at the front of the school, where locals and passers-by will be able to food swap and share their excess produce.
Ms Vetter said the kitchen and garden were a great ex- ample of the school’s approach.
“In a rural school, the kids are always looking out for each other; nobody is left behind or left out,” she said.
“The kind of experience you get in a small school is one you’ll never forget, and the kids love the things they do and learn.”
SHOULDER construction, pedestrian crossing, intersection upgrades and signage reviews are some of the proposed works slated for Great Alpine Road in the next three to four years.
VicRoads recently held a community meeting in Bright and announced where it would spend $8 million to upgrade the 156 kilomtetre WangarattaCobungra section of this major regional route.
VicRoads North Eastern regional director Nicki Kyriakou said works sought to address concerns of signage, cyclist and pedestrian safety and intersection safety raised by 1200 residents in consultation sessions earlier this year.
Proposed works may include new pedestrian crossings in Bright, shoulder construction and sealing between Wangaratta and Harrietville, barrier installation in high-risk areas, a signage review, and intersection upgrades.
According to VicRoads, shoulder construction and sealing appears to be the first priority with works hopefully commencing this summer, but the organisation has confirmed the new shoulders will not be designated bike lanes “as this (Great Alpine Road) is a 100km/h rural arterial road”.
Myrtleford’s Standish Street intersection will be upgraded with the installation of a roundabout, while Snow Road, Tawonga Gap and other identified intersections still require further investigation.
KITCHEN PROGRAM BUILDING: Everton Primary School students Jaimie Fitzgerald, Emilise Allan, Bayden Heywood and Rory Comey-Harvey are looking forward to the completion of their school kitchen. PHOTO: Emma Hillier