Local Work for the Dole participants, with an interest in horticulture are part of a community garden project at the Broadford Community Garden.

CVGT Australia Deputy CEO John Lynch said that the company was delighted to partner with Broadford Community Gardens on this project that provides Work for the Dole participants with a range of horticulture and other work related skills, while also creating vibrant and thriving community space.

“Work for the Dole activities help job seekers learn new skills, builds confidence and improves their chance of finding a job while giving back to the community.

“The Broadford Community Garden project has provided our Work for the Dole participants with a fantastic opportunity to develop work-like skills in the horticulture industry.

“Participants have worked closely with the committee to create a welcoming place that encompasses organic and sustainable principles across the garden,” Mr Lynch said.

“This project is a great opportunity for Work for the Dole participants to develop a range of horticulture related skills in a supported environment,” Mr Lynch added.

Work for the Dole Coordinator Emily Feehan said if you haven’t visited the Broadford Community Garden, now is the time.

“The garden has taken shape very quickly and it’s looking great!

” Since the project commenced in August, the eight acre garden has had power and water connected, trenches dug and irrigation installed. A combination of large, open garden beds and raised garden beds have been installed together with worm farm, compost and propagation area constructed.

“This is the perfect time to visit the garden and see all the wonderful work the committee and Work for the Dole participants have completed,” Ms Feehan said.

Work for the Dole is funded by the Australian Government as part of Employment Services 2015-2020.

Broadford Community Gardens have been established to encourage the community of Mitchell to share a vibrant and thriving open space.

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