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Budding green thumbs keen to grow bush tucker

By Patrick Nelson

Elliott’s old greenhouse about to spring to life again Elliott’s old greenhouse about to spring to life again

Plans for a bush tucker garden in a remote Territory township are a little closer to fruition, thanks to some expert guidance from a Charles Darwin University horticulturalist.

Conservation and Land Management lecturer Alan Harrison will make the 760km journey to Elliott next week to help a group of budding green thumbs establish their community garden.

“Their wish is to reinvigorate an old nursery in the local council precinct and develop a garden for the benefit of the local community,” Mr Harrison said.

“They’ve got the optimism and enthusiasm for the project, but not a lot of horticultural experience.

“I’ll deliver a skill set from the Certificate II Horticulture course that will equip them with the basic skills and knowledge to get started.

“We’ll grow a range of trees, shrubs and veggies, which they plan to sell to the shire and the broader community.”

Mr Harrison said he would spend two weeks in Elliott this month, and make at least one follow-up visit early next year.

The decision to deliver the training follows a request made through the Julalikari Remote Jobs and Communities Program in association with the Tennant Creek office of the Territory Government’s Department of Business.