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Media Release - Learn how to be a waterwise gardener

The success of a one-day course to learn how to create a drought tolerant garden last year has prompted Tamworth Regional Council and TAFE New England to team up a second time.

Up to 12 people can undertake the course at the Tamworth campus on Saturday 23 April.

Tamworth Regional Council Sustainability Officer, Ian Lobban, said council will again provide a subsidy for local residents who take part in the course.

“The course is a great extension of Council’s ongoing education programs around water sustainability,” he said. “It is a great way to learn how to establish attractive gardens without using a lot of water.”

Council will provide a 50 per cent subsidy of $87.50 to course participants who live in the Tamworth Region and also provide vouchers to allow them to receive two free trailers loads of mulch from the Forest Hills Waste Management Facility.

TAFE New England’s Head Horticulture Teacher, Dodie O’Keefe will facilitate the course. It will include: future drought management and water restrictions conditions; drought tolerant garden planning; alternative ground covers; drought tolerant plant species selection; efficient irrigation; hardy lawn management; utilising rainwater; and, efficient mulching.

Course participants will be able to receive up to two cubic metres (about two loads of a 6x4m trailer) of fine mulch product from the Forest Road Waste Management Facility. Each participant at the course will be provided with two vouchers for the mulch which would be valid for a six month period after course completion (subject to availability).

The vouchers will be non-redeemable for cash and the course participant will need to pick up the two trailer loads of product on the same day.

Anyone who wants more information about the course or wants to enroll should phone Nicky Turner or Jayne Wood at TAFE New England on 6768 2204.