Learning sanctuary bears fruits of students’ efforts

24 Nov 2016

A new community garden created by Girrawheen Senior High School students was officially opened this week on the school grounds. 

The garden, known as Miya Kaadadjiny (‘learning sanctuary’), is a collaboration between the Girrawheen Clontarf Academy, Girrawheen Senior High School and LandCorp. 

Girrawheen SHS Principal Rosalba Butterworth said she is thrilled with how the garden has turned out.

“I’m immensely proud of what has been achieved here,” Ms Butterworth said. 

“After months of effort by our Clontarf students, Girls at Girrawheen and the wider school community, we have an amazing garden that can be enjoyed for years to come. 

“This project is proof that a whole-of-community approach can achieve great results.”

Following an initial design workshop to identify the future uses of the space, the students began work with local environmental group, Replants, to relocate grass trees, recycled logs and other natural elements from LandCorp’s nearby Blackmore Park Estate.  

The garden features areas for traditional dance and communal meeting spaces, native waterwise plants, an edible garden, and an art piece created by students and local artist Ash Collard. 

LandCorp Metropolitan General Manager John Hackett said this project was a great example of an infill development able to give back to the wider community. 

“Our urban regeneration projects are all about creating vibrant, connected places to benefit the whole community,” Mr Hackett said. 

“From the recycling of materials on the former Blackmore Primary School site, to sharing landscaping and design expertise, this project is not only an example of a successful community space, but also how we can work together to benefit the whole community.

“This garden is a credit to the hard work of everyone involved, especially the students who worked tirelessly to bring the vision to life.” 

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