Opening of Community Garden in Albury

We officially opened our much anticipated Community Garden on Tuesday 26 November 2019 in Albury, with local Elder Aunty Edna delivering a passionate ‘Welcome to Country’ to their many invited guests and dignitaries, including Srs Eveline Crotty, Elizabeth Moloney, and Karen Donnellon.

The garden was the result of a partnership between Mercy Connect and the Rahamim Ecology Centre, and is another example of the Institute’s sustainability policy in action.

The project not only allows people with a range of disabilities to live a connected and enriched life, but also increases their interaction with the wide community, including Thurgoona Pre-School and Public School.

In his speech, Chief Executive Officer, Trent Dean paid tribute to a former Mercy Connect employee, Geoff Bartel. Geoff actively developed the Branching Out program and enabled Mercy Connect to transition into a supported wage program offering paid employment for participants. Sadly, Geoff passed away earlier in 2019; however it was with great honour that Mercy Connect welcomed his wife to help plant a Manchurian pear tree in tribute to her husband.

Afterwards, all the invited guests shared celebratory cake and refreshments, whilst having the opportunity to purchase a range of wonderful Christmas themed crafts and woodwork created our participants.

Photos (L-R): Chief Executive Officer, Trent Dean with Geoff Bartels wife, Vicki Bartel as they plant the Manchurian pear tree in his honour.