New hands on deck at Geelong Community Nursery

Barwon Water’s plant nursery was today re-launched as Geelong Community Nursery under a new partnership with not-for-profit organisation Karingal and its social enterprise Kommercial.

Established more than 20 years ago, the nursery has produced more than a million indigenous trees, shrubs and grasses for revegetation, landscaping and restoration projects and played host to hundreds of school and community groups.

Image shows David Sutherland and Amanda Smith at the Geelong Community Nursery.

The Geelong Community Nursery is operated as an inclusive partnership between Kommercial and Barwon Water.

The partnership comes as part of Barwon Water’s organisational change program. Under the agreement, Karingal will continue to:

  • propogate and grow provenance-specific (locally derived) indigenous plants for a range of Barwon Water projects
  • provide a “hands-on” environmental and horticultural experience for local schools and community groups
  • supply and maintain indoor plants for Barwon Water offices

Two Barwon Water employees have transferred to Karingal to continue work at the nursery.

Kommercial — an Australian Disability Enterprise and an initiative of Karingal — will take over day-to-day operations at the nursery from 1 December 2013.



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