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YNPS gets all touchy-feely

In discussions about how to improve our town, attention directed towards our local primary school. What could be done to help improve it and get the grounds up to par? How could we create an attractive and welcoming environment for existing and new students? So word was put into the ether to see if anyone could lend a hand to this endeavour. And the idea of a ‘Sensory Garden’ was born.

It all started with the prep-work as you could imagine. Months of planning always precedes a project like this. And there was plenty of it. Morwell Neighbourhood House and Learning Centre led the charge and did an amazing job of sourcing some initial funding. They spoke to the community and school families, as to who else could help make the garden a reality.

Barren, and boring, and bland ’twas before

After that, all sorts of donations were made by the community. Cash, vouchers, use of equipment, bricks, timber, tyres, plants, soil and more were all donated. Along with a heck of a lot of manual labour from all around, including many kidlets.

Weeks of constructing installations ensued. Morwell Men’s Shed started building a massive white-board, musical chimes, and mud kitchen. And other’s started work on bird houses, Naughts and Crosses, and Black-boards. The junior students leading up to their last day of term, set about painting a heap of tyres for the garden.

Then preparing the prospects for kids to explore

Then the ground needed preparation. So S&S Equipment Hire were once again more than happy to help out the Yallourn North community. They kindly assisted with loan of a small excavator. So on the day before the big working bee, the grounds were all prepared ready for all those helping hands who were itching to get started.

On Sunday it all came together with more orchestrated chaos than The Block!! Nearly 60 people came in throughout the course of the day, lending a hand and sharing the load. Some sifted soil. Some carted bricks. Some mixed concrete. And others dug holes. Some laid garden beds. The kids got stuck into planting. Others set work on the path. And we can’t forget those who prepared lunch!

While worries with wheelbarrows were whittled away

And Lunch in the tum, with the bunch at midday

After a big day, there are still a few minor adjustments to take place. Water tanks will be installed. Some tree ferns planted. A protective fence is being errected thanks to Custom Wrought Iron and Fencing. And some other bits and bobs will be put in and adjusted. After all that there will be an official opening on April 21st after the school holidays. And we’ll be sure to keep you all informed with the developments.

A massive thanks to all involved, you made our school and town proud! We’d like to send a big thanks to some of our big sponsors who include: Igniting ChangeMorwell Neighbourhood House and Learning Centre, S&S Equipment Hire PTY LTD, Grow Master Traralgon, Paint Place Morwell, Jelfor Timbers, Morwell Mens Shed, Harriet Shing MP, Yallourn North Bowling Club. To all of you, a MASSIVE THANKS! We couldn’t have done it without you.

Shifting sands on the lands as we filled out the day

With our hands making brands in the textured pathway

Hot while we worked, the kids got a squirt

But it’s a labour of love, some developmental hard work!


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