Horticultural students Josh Rowe and Joan Brown with horticultural trainer Anne Davies and work experience student Kaitlyn Pashley. The students have been beautifying the Bundaberg Racecourse.
Horticultural students Josh Rowe and Joan Brown with horticultural trainer Anne Davies and work experience student Kaitlyn Pashley. The students have been beautifying the Bundaberg Racecourse. Mike Knott

Green thumbs revamp track

A GROUP of green thumbs is beautifying the Bundaberg Racecourse while gaining the skills to become accredited in horticulture.

The team of Salvation Army Tom Quinn Community Centre students are revamping the grounds as part of their work to get a Certificate II.

Salvation Army Tom Quinn Community Centre services manager Tom Osborne said the project was ongoing.

“We put an emphasis on practical hands-on work skills for our course participants and we also have a strong focus on community at the centre,” he said.

“We value the support the centre receives from many volunteers and this is a great way of giving back while also giving our students real work knowledge that will serve them well when looking for a permanent job.”

Student Joan Brown started the course to look at different career options.

“I took on the course because I wanted to learn about plants and gardening,” she said.

Ms Brown has learn about a variety of plants, learning about a different one each day.

“It's good because it's very hands-on,” she said.

Ms Brown said it had been a pleasure to see a weed-ridden garden bed transformed into a stunning area.

“We have brought life and colour to the racecourse and we are going to continue to bring life and colour to the racecourse,” she said.

Fellow student Josh Rowe decided to start the course in August, to pursue a career in landscaping.

The centre runs a rolling program of training courses not only in horticulture, but also in retail, hospitality, information technology, asset maintenance and furniture making.

“We offer a hands-on environment and genuine work experience for all course participants,” Mr Osborne said.

Call the centre on 4153 3557 for details on any training courses.



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