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.

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