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NQ Dry Tropics Gardens

1/12/2015

​Groundsman Mr Alex Bojack, with the assistance of NQ Dry Tropics staff and funding, along with school coordinator, Mrs Sandi Thomas, has brought to life six of the school gardens, some of which were previously dust bowls.  Year 11 SIP (Science in Practice) students also assisted by planting native Burdekin plants.  Many large palms and other trees with intricate root systems that were threatening paths, were removed thanks to the P & C.  Drought-hardy native plants were introduced to the gardens, new lawn planted, and automated sprinkler systems laid.  A sensory garden with a path in-between allowing students to be able to touch, feel and smell the variety of herbs, plants and flowers has been a bright and cheery introduction to the school grounds.  The plants will also be used for species identification during Year 11 Biology studies. 

The NQ Dry Tropics Healthy Habitats Grant allowed for the following Native plants from the Burdekin Region to be planted in our school gardens and grounds:

Native Ginger, Dianella atraxis & caerulea, Native Hibiscus, Hoya, Native Gardenia, Kapok Tree, Cocky Apple, Peanut Tree, Burdekin Plum, Prickly Pine, Hopbush, Cheese Fruit, Ipomoea aquatic, White Currant, Lolly Bush, Sim’s Wattle and Acacia umbellate.

We thank NQ Dry Tropics, the P & C, staff and students for their contribution to making our school safer, greener and more sustainable!

Lisa Todeschino – Acting NQ Dry Tropics School Co-ordinator