Helping to smell the roses
Ausco Modular wins prize
THE green thumbs behind the landscaped gardens of Ausco Modular’s Chinchilla site are proving there really is no ‘I’ in team.
Earlier this month, Ausco’s Stayover on Zeller Street was awarded first prize in the Lions-Chinchilla Horticultural Society Annual Garden Competition business category.
Re-development of the purpose-built village and construction of its serene gardens started nine years ago in 2009. Today, the village houses 1000 ensuited rooms and aims to provide resource and infrastructure workers in Chinchilla with resort style living.
Stayover by Ausco’s National Manager Jon Potts has been with the project since it started.
“It was a blank canvas when we recommenced operations at the site in 2010,” Mr Potts said.
“Since then, it has really been a team effort throughout a long and evolving journey.
“The hard work of so many people contributed to this fantastic landscaping, and, in the end, we have produced something that is really rather special.”
With help from the Chinchilla Garden Centre, stage one of the village was completed in 2010.
The next stages of construction were inspired by hand drawn design plans created with the aid of Toowoomba based Martin Garden Concepts.
Mr Potts said progressing from this point boiled down to a question of execution.
“Rather than taking the traditional approach of keeping it quite simple, we wanted to be creative,” he said.
“We wanted to make something incredibly unique and very special.
“Drawing from local content, it was about creating such beautiful grounds where men would actually stop and smell the roses.”
Over the next three years of build and improvement, businesses throughout the region contributed to the vision guiding the prize-winning garden.
These businesses include Toowoomba Landscape Supplies, Green Gardener and Chinchilla’s Tu-Lagoons Plant Nursery, Chinchilla Garden Centre and Blinco Timbers and Landscape Supplies.
“Although we are thrilled to have been awarded first prize, it’s really a testament to everybody’s hard work and something the whole region should be proud of,” Mr Potts said.
“You don’t see many receptions around which greet you with beautifully trimmed privet hedges, champagne rock mulch, charcoal and beautiful white ice-berg roses when you drive in.
“Our groundsmen, Tim O’Rourke and Dave Hahn, have been instrumental in the gardens,” Mr Potts said.
They have been cultivating species of plants within the gardens
In addition, the garden eight years in the making boasts winding pathways, an orchard, a green resembling Augusta National Park, honeysuckle archways and an innovative “pool table system that can be played like croquet”.
Mr Potts said the village’s choice to utilise natural bore water and avoid pesticides and chemicals has paid off. “It’s brought the wildlife in and it’s a lovely feeling.
❝Rather than taking the traditional approach of keeping it quite simple, we wanted to be creative. — Stayover by Ausco’s National Manager Jon Potts
“Residents really enjoy waking up in the morning to the chirping of the birds.”
WINNERS: Sarah Blond, Brett Whicker, Colleen Streten and Lindsay Marsden at Stayover on Zeller St.