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Bridgewater LINC get new seats

Real Democracy has been working hard at Bridgewater LINC with fantastic results for LINC’s customers who now have a comfortable outdoor seating area.

Real Democracy installed two red bench seats behind the LINC building which allows people to sit comfortably in the fresh air, enjoy the view and access free WiFi.

The bench seats are a great initiative of the Real Democracy team and all LINC members are invited to use this new outdoor seating and access the free WiFi, Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.

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Resident comes up roses thanks to Real Democracy team

Participants from Real Democracy recently visited a local identity in Albion Road, Bridgewater, Mrs Booth, who has been living in Bridgewater for the past 20 years.

Mrs Booth is no longer involved in community activities but manages to keep busy in her magnificent rose garden with more than 100 varieties of roses.

She was also asked which ones were her favourites and she said the David Austin was an old variety with a beautiful perfume.

When asked what was her inspiration to begin and continue her garden Mrs Booth said: “The Grandchildren had similar names to many of the roses so I just kept planting.”

Even after a loss of mobility plus some time in hospital Mrs Booth can still be seen on her hands and knees weeding and removing rubbish. Any help in this area would be greatly welcomed.

Her unit has been converted into a Christmas wonderland which had all of us gasping in delight. It has taken Mrs Booth a month to install.

It is truly any child’s Christmas dream with snow covered forests and bustling miniature villages complete with lighting.

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Local Resident Comes Up Roses with Real Democracy !

On Wednesday the participants from Real Democracy Australia visited a local identity in Albion Rd Bridgewater, Mrs Booth who has been living in Bridgewater for the past twenty years. She is no longer involved in community activities but manages to keep busy in her magnificent rose garden. When asked how many varieties she had Mrs Booth replied well over 100, and which ones were her favourites the David Austin are an old variety with a beautiful perfume. When asked what was her inspiration to begin and continue her garden Mrs Booth said the grandchildren had similar names to many of the roses so I just kept planting.

Real Democracy has pruned her roses for the last three years.  Even after a loss of mobility plus some time in hospital Mrs Booth can still be seen on her hands and knees weeding and removing rubbish. Any help in this area would be greatly welcomed I’m sure! Her unit has been converted into a Christmas wonderland which had all of us gasping in delight. It has taken Mrs Booth a month to install. It is truly any child’s Christmas dream with snow covered forests bustling miniature villages complete with lighting of course.

This interview was conducted by Sam Schofield, Justin Brain, Aidan Silver and Rebecca Morgan (left to right in the photo below) and this article was submitted by Sam Schofield as part of Real Democracy Training and Skill Development Program.

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Orchard Planting, Bridgewater Trade Training Centre

National Tree Day

Real Democracy team and the Jordan River Learning Federation Senior School, Bridgewater Trade Training Centre joined forces to be part of the National Tree Day on June 30, the community’s largest community tree planting and nature care event.

Peter Griffiths from Real Democracy team and Tim Morris, the horticulture teacher from the Jordan River Learning Federation Senior School Farm (JRLF) coordinated the activities on the day.

Tim instructed students from the senior school about correct spacing, digging of holes for the trees and the planting method.

The students were ably mentored by six Certificate II Horticulture students from the school farm. Real Democracy participants assisted the students with the planting exercise.

In total 85 students from the JRLF senior school and 30 adults including teachers, community members and Real Democracy participants took part.

A total of 65 fruit trees and fruiting bushes were supplied by Real Democracy from the Big Blitz budget. The selection of trees included apples, pears, peach, nectarine, apricot, cherry, lemon, lime and olive.

Some trees like almond and hazelnut are a bit unusual for a domestic orchard but these were an important part of the orchard plan. The range of berry bushes planted included raspberry, gooseberry, blackberry and blueberry.

Tim said the certificate course was all about preparing students for a career in horticulture and related industries and also giving students an appreciation of setting up their own garden at home.

Traycee said it was important to link the Bridgewater Trade Training Centre and the Jordan River Learning Federation Senior School Farm with the Training Kitchen recently established at the Jordan River Learning Federation Senior School.

The Training Kitchen has been designed as a real world experience to cook and cater for events.

As with any big project the workers had to be fed. A sausage sizzle, water and fresh fruit were provided.

The next stage of the project will be to install an irrigation system that will allow for watering all year round but especially during school holidays and the warmer months.

Trade Training Centre

The Real Democracy Trade Training Centre offers courses in construction, automotive body repair technology, automotive mechanical, hospitality, kitchen operations and horticulture.

Melbourne has 14 Trade Training Centres which have been designed to provide practical training to give students the skills they need to make the transition into employment or further education and training.

The multi-trade facilities include industry-standard equipment and provide training in industry areas to meet the specific needs of the local community.

Trade Training Centres are operated by schools and local business and industry in each of the regions to provide more trade vocational options to year 9-12 students as well as mature-age students from the wider community.