The Round Square senior student committee has set up an ongoing partnership with the Migrant Resource centre at their Harmony facility in Mowbray. A group of TCE students and Mr Stuart Walls met on-site with staff from the “Beyond Limits” program and with members of the Bhutanese and Burmese communities. Beyond Limits supports migrants living with a disability, their families and carers through information, linkages and capacity building.  They support migrants by making introductions to informal, community and mainstream supports, creating accessible and welcoming spaces through peer support groups and mentoring opportunities where individuals and families can talk, share and connect.

Scotch Oakburn College now has an opportunity to commence a long-term project with the MRC on the development of a community garden at the Mowbray premises. The connection has been made through Collegian Naomi Leighton (’10) and her memories of Round Square, some 11 years ago. Naomi was a very active member of our Round Square community while at the College.

Jo Dean, a permaculture expert, addressed the meeting and explained her vision for the community garden. We are very excited about the commencement of this project. As current Round Square Chairs, we are overseeing the commencement of the project and will hand over to a group of current Year 11 enthusiasts to carry the project into 2021 and beyond.

Our working groups will meet at Harmony in Mowbray on Tuesday or Thursday afternoons on a weekly basis, starting in Term 4. This will expand as interest and activity in the garden grows and COVID-19 restrictions are lifted. A variety of things will be happening in the garden during these times ie; making garden beds, constructing composting stations, planting seedlings, conducting soil tests, weeding, pruning, upcycling garden beds etc.

So – How can you help?

We are asking our community if they are able to donate resources and materials that can be used in the setting up of this project. Usually, we would raise funds through bake sales and sausage sizzles but COVID is preventing food sharing activities of this nature. At this stage, together with our permaculture guide, Jo Dean, we have identified the following needs:

  • Wheelbarrow
  • Hand tools, trowel
  • Spade
  • Fork
  • Garden hose
  • Gloves
  • Recycled timber
  • Recycled corrugated iron
  • Recycled IBC’s
  • Old bathtub
  • Geofabric/polyester fabric
  • Sheep manure/chicken manure/alpaca manure etc
  • Straw
  • Potting mix
  • Egg Cartons
  • Mulch
  • Gravel
  • Cement and lime
  • Metal buckets
  • Fruit trees
  • Berry bushes

If you are able to donate functional items from this list (new or used – in good condition) it would be highly appreciated. If you can help please contact Mr Stuart Walls on stuart.walls@soc.tas.edu.au.

Many thanks to anyone who can support us as we launch this very worthwhile project.

Alex Phillips and Theo Ives
Round Square Student Chairs