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  • Writer's pictureThe Hon. Paul Toole MP


Students at Carenne School are set to get their hands dirty.

Member for Bathurst Paul Toole today announced the school would receive funding of $14,500 from the NSW Government to push ahead their plans to build an accessible vegetable garden.

Mr Toole said the Sustainable Schools Grant would help improve the learning experience for the students, especially those who need wheelchair access.

“The concrete paths will be extended so they link all the way from the classrooms to the kitchen garden area,” he said.

“Ag teacher Allison Couchman is excited at the prospect of developing the garden, having originally started off with a chicken coop to give the kids a chance to experience a hands on, outdoor learning experience.

“Now they are ready to embark on the next stage of Allison’s vision to enhance the school’s work education and agricultural programs.”

Allison said there were also plans to install a rainwater tank linked to a drip irrigation system to harvest water from the roof of the classroom next to their new kitchen garden.

“There will be raised garden beds as well as a hanging, vertical garden – all aimed with the intention of making them user friendly and accessible for students of all abilities” - Allison Couchman

“We even have an old wooden box which we aim to turn into a worm garden so we can make our own compost,” she said.

Mr Toole said the end result would allow the students to use the fresh produce they get to harvest from their kitchen garden in the school canteen and during food technology lessons.


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