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Vinnies Charity Garden Build TAFE Event - Can You Help?

Posted by LNA Master Landscapers Association on 14 May 2016

Recently, Padstow TAFE, part of the South West Sydney Institute, was awarded a $10,000 grant to complete a landscape charity building project. Students from the TAFE will supply free labour for the project and the $10,000 will be directed to purchasing materials for the charity renovation of their choice.

St Vincent de Paul's St Jude's Specialist Homeless Service at Bankstown has been chosen as the worthy recipient of this project and are extremely grateful for the opportunity to upgrade their facility.

St Jude's is transitional property for the housing of 7 men who are at risk of being homeless, who have medium to low level needs and need housing facilities for a period of 2 years. During their stay at St Jude's, the men are supported by St Vincent de Paul's Client Support Services who assist them with case management and advocacy, including help with mental health issues, employment, financial counselling and the acquisition of vital life skills required for a successful transition to a sustainable reintegration into the general community.

The current residents of St Jude's use the garden facilities very regularly as part of their therapeutic needs and to regain mental and physical health. The garden is of extreme importance to them and they are all eager to contribute to completing the project, providing them with a much needed goal and a task they can see through to fulfilment.

The garden at St Jude's is currently in very poor shape, despite the best efforts of the residents with their very limited resources. The property is also commonly encroached on by members of the public and used as a dumping ground for litter and could sorely use some good fencing as part of the renovation.

This very important social project has modest goals for improving the facility but an even more modest budget and that's where the TAFE and St Jude's are hoping you may be able to help. Donations of materials (or cash) are being sought to assist with the creation of features such as a vegetable patch, BBQ area and a covered seating area. It is hoped that if you are able to help that you contact Neill Hunt at South Western Sydney Institute of TAFE to pledge your support. Perhaps you could sponsor this project by donating materials or, failing that, assist by providing materials at cost price or even a reduced rate off the normal retail price. Any help you can offer will make a massive difference to the project.

Once the designer knows the materials available to her, the final design decisions can be made and the work begin!

Below is a list of materials that would be valuable to the project:

  • Decking timber, sub-frame, decking nails and screws, bolts, posts, concrete (approximately 40 square metre area)
  • Pavers (approximately 40 square metres and paving over existing pathways)
  • Turf (approximately 30 square metres)
  • Concrete, footings and slabs (approximately 8 cubic metres)
  • Landscape supplies you name it, we need it soil/compost (8 cubic metres), mulch (6 cubic metres) river/ paving sands and cement
  • Roofing timber, posts and beams, rafter battens, fixtures etc for a pergola
  • Reinforcement mesh trench mesh chairs plastic, ligatures, tie wire etc (approximately 40 square metres), cover tex (acrylic/polymer type concrete resurfacing compound 150 square metres)
  • Machinery hire or excavation bobcat excavator to clear site (1 day each)
  • Irrigation systems pop up for lawns and sprays for garden
  • Plants approximately $2000 worth
  • Retaining wall materials Blocks, Capps, Sleepers vegetable patch approximately 8 square metres walling and 20 lineal metres capping
  • Tree removal and pruning ARB professionals
  • Outdoor furniture BBQ seating, gym equipment (could be supplied as already built of could be built from raw materials by students)
  • Fencing powder-coated aluminium screen (approximately 600mm high in between piers and gate)
  • Paint to paint drab walls/render (approximately 20 square metres coverage), masonry paint to paint over existing grey concrete (approximately 200 square metres)
  • Bricks to change the layout of the front fence (500 bricks approximately), bricks to renovate existing front fence
  • Free labour to assist the students, teachers, residents and St Vincent's employees.

If you can help this wonderful initiative, even with a spare pair of hands, you can contact Neill Hunt on:
Landline: 02 9722 5415, Mobile: 0418 690 904 or email: neill.hunt5@det.nsw.edu.au

Thank you all and we wish Padstow TAFE, St Jude's and the whole team great success!

Author: LNA Master Landscapers Association
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