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Mt Barker Community College Students help Shire parks and gardens team revitalise town site

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Shire of Plantagenet staff Clayton Walton (left) and James Vance (centre) with Mount Barker Community College students Isaac Dodson, Zac Laing, Josh Snow, Romar Vicedo and Nate Cronin.
Camera IconShire of Plantagenet staff Clayton Walton (left) and James Vance (centre) with Mount Barker Community College students Isaac Dodson, Zac Laing, Josh Snow, Romar Vicedo and Nate Cronin. Credit: Shire of Plantagenet

Mt Barker Community College students have helped to give the town a facelift this term carrying on their hard work from September.

The students have been assisting the Shire’s parks and gardens team to revitalise the gardens and public spaces around the town of Mt Barker.

The program, open to Year 10 humanities students, has run for several years.

This term they have been working near the tourist bureau and Wilson Park.

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Joy Williams
Camera IconJoy Williams Credit: Mt Barker Community College

Shire parks and gardens works manager Kevin Hemmings said the partnership was back after a two-year COVID-19-related hiatus.

“This partnership was instigated by leading hand Terry ‘Chocka’ Williams and is about helping students find success outside of the classroom,” he said.

“The five-week program provides an opportunity for the students to get outside the classroom and gain employable skills, beautify public spaces, and foster a sense of community pride,” Mr Hemmings said.

“On Thursdays, they help our crew spread mulch across the garden bed outside the administration centre, where solar lights were recently installed to illuminate trees along Lowood Road.”

Isaac Dodson
Camera IconIsaac Dodson Credit: Mt Barker Community College

Mt Barker Community College Associate principal Callum Gribble said the program gave students ownership over part of the town and some community pride.

“Normally we will take up to 10 students per week, students who have been doing the right thing at school get the opportunity to go out,” he said.

“This is a partnership we are going to continue into the future.”

Danial Azimi
Camera IconDanial Azimi Credit: Mt Barker Community College
Josh Snow, DT Broughton
Camera IconJosh Snow, DT Broughton Credit: Mt Barker Community College
Zac Liang
Camera IconZac Liang Credit: Mt Barker Community College

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