​Winner announced for 2016 TAFE NSW Landscaping Challenge

Wednesday, 20 April, 2016

TAFE Illawarra’s Yallah Campus has taken out first place in the 2016 TAFE NSW Landscaping Challenge, which took place at this year’s annual Sydney Royal Easter Show in March.

The team of 14 third-year students worked to the theme of ‘Modern Australian Backyard’ and designed a garden with potential bushfire risks in mind, as well as incorporating a solar-powered water feature and native plants that are low maintenance.

‘Team Yallah’, made up of students aged between 18 and 24, worked tirelessly over a four-day period at Sydney’s Olympic Park Showgrounds to bring the garden design to spectacular life.

The judges marked on benchmarks that included design, workmanship, construction complexity, materials, innovation and plant selection.

Horticulture head teacher Craig Conway said close proximity to the other two entrants — TAFE NSW Institute teams of Western Sydney’s Richmond College and SWSi’s Padstow Campus — really helped to fire up the students’ competitive spirit.

“We’ve been working within three metres of other institutes and no-one talks to each other,” said Conway. “It’s extremely competitive.”

TAFE Illawarra's Yallah Campus landscape garden design. Image courtesy of TAFE Illawarra.

Thousands of show-goers had the opportunity to inspect and admire the competing landscape designs as well as vote for their favourite in the ‘People’s Choice’ category.

The SWSi’s Padstow Campus team took out the award and will now have the opportunity this August to complete a ‘backyard blitz’ garden makeover to the value of $10,000, donated by TAFE NSW, for St Vincent De Paul’s men’s homeless facility, St Jude’s Men’s Centre in Bankstown.

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