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Date:November 30, 2012

Sowing the Seeds of Success

Recent graduates of a Conservation and Land Management course delivered by Sue Guilfoyle have implemented a large-scale banana plantation and vegetable garden at Banthala outstation, Elcho Island.

In late 2011 a group of trainees located at the northern end of Elcho Island completed a Certificate II in Conservation and Land Management. Units were completed in a range of practical skills including horticulturally based topics and fencing. The participants had aspirations to extend their small existing banana garden and to begin growing a range of other fruits and vegetables. They wanted to ensure that their outstation had regular access to fresh produce and also had plans to sell surplus produce in the main town of Galiwinku.

I think that the pictures speak for themselves as to the successful outcome of this training program. The outstation is understandably proud of their horticultural enterprise. The enterprise was supported by Marthakal Employment Service (MES) to help rekindle interest in gardens at outstations and around the Elcho Island community. This type of project combines meaningful employment and health outcomes for the community.