Bush tucker garden opens at primary school

494173 Mt Pleasant Primary School Year 6 students Amie Glass, Lara Hesp, Lily Edgar, Ava McKay and Zara Fernandez.
494173 Mt Pleasant Primary School Year 6 students Amie Glass, Lara Hesp, Lily Edgar, Ava McKay and Zara Fernandez.

MT Pleasant Primary School students will be able to learn about bush tucker after the opening of a new garden.

The school received a $10,000 grant last year as part of the City of Melville’s Project Robin Hood, which is a participatory budgeting initiative where the community decide which community-led and developed projects will receive a share of community funding.

The Bushtucker and Native Species Community Corridor was officially opened by Mayor Russell Aubrey on June 20.

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The project involved the planting of native and bush tucker species by students and interested community members.

It is aimed at teaching both young and old how to plant a native and bush tucker garden whilst also creating a community spirit.

The eight community projects who have received funding as part of the 2019 Project Robin Hood imitative were also announced last week.

More than 2600 people from across Melville jumped online to the City’s online engagement platform, Melville Talks, to review the 13 community-led project ideas up for consideration before voting for the projects they felt deserved funding.

The funding pool for Project Robin Hood is generally $100,000, but the City of Melville was able to fund additional projects this year through unspent project funds from previous years. This brings the total funding for this round of Project Robin Hood to $120,759.

The eight projects who received funding in 2019 were:

Melville Save the Bees of Australia ($19,700)

Seeds to Seedlings ($9,523)

Nature Play Space Brentwood ($20,000)

Cycling Without Age ($19,996)

Bateman Bush Tucker ($11,140)

Attadale Bicton Hub ($19,000)

Blossom Friendship ($9,400)

Brentwood Comes Alive ($12,000)