Facelift Teaches Valuable Lessons


You might have noticed a hive of activity at GOTAFE’s Fryers Street Campus recently as the front gardens receive a long overdue face lift thanks to Horticulture and Conversation Land Management students.

GOTAFE CEO Paul Culpan invited students to create a new vision for the frontage of the McLean Building in Fryers Street, Shepparton.

“While on the surface this design job may appear to be about renovating the tired, 30 year-old frontage, in actual fact it is about branding and the message GOTAFE is sending to the community,” explained Mr Culpan.

Students undertaking a Dual Qualification in Certificate III Horticulture (AHC30710) and Certificate III in Conservation and Land Management (AHC31410) at the GOTAFE William Orr Campus have been getting their hands dirty every Monday, pulling down the overgrown wisteria, building seating and propagating plants ready for the opening at the end of the year.

The works are being completed under the watchful eye of GOTAFE Horticulture Trainer Robyn Saunders.

“The students have designed a concept which offers a more open and welcoming space in front of the campus,” said Ms Saunders.

“New seating will be connected by interesting pathways to create a perfect environment for students, staff and visitors to take a break from GOTAFE life and relax among a refreshed and sustainable plant-scape.”

Each stage of the facelift relates to a required unit of competency the students must complete, including ‘Set out site for construction works’, ‘Operate machinery’, ‘Install irrigation systems’ and ‘Implement a plant establishment program’.

“As a trainer it is hugely satisfying to see our students develop such a wide range of skills and knowledge while building this new landscape. It is great to be working on a site which is highly visible, as it gives our students an opportunity to demonstrate what they are capable of firstly designing, then constructing.”

Works will continue until November.

For further information on the GOTAFE Horticulture and Conservation Land Management program please contact 1300 GOTAFE.