Palmyra Primary’s Cultiv8 community deck to be unveiled this weekend

The Cultiv8 community deck midway through its construction.
The Cultiv8 community deck midway through its construction.

THE Cultiv8 community deck, located on the grounds of Palmyra Primary School, will be officially unveiled on Sunday morning.

Funded by the City of Melville’s Robin Hood grant program and Palmyra Primary School’s P&C, the project has taken three years of careful thought, design, collaboration and hard work from more than 50 volunteers, staff and community members.

Formal proceedings will start at 9.30am, followed by bush tucker tasting and a demonstration by Marisa Verma, from Bindi Bindi Dreaming.

Palmyra Primary’s choir will perform and the school will showcase the link between the community deck, its kitchen garden program and the multi-functional outdoor classroom known as the ‘Pally Patch’.

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Mark Simmonds helped develop the original design.

“The community deck and open space was inspired by the Nyoongar seasonal calendar, which includes six different seasons in a yearly cycle,” he said.

“Each of the six seasons explains the seasonal changes seen annually, including the flowering of many different plants and the hibernation of reptiles as a guide to what nature is doing at every stage of the year.”

Project manager Karen Greenwood said the space would be used to enhance children’s learning and as a meeting space for the community.

“The opening will be a celebration of all who have volunteered and Palmyra Primary School’s children, who will benefit from it for years to come,” she said.