Bob and Slater have become an iconic part of the Mara Wardi Garden. Bob has been involved with bringing back to life the six garden beds that were in dire need of tender loving care. He was also a catalyst in preparing two more garden beds and introducing the Wikki watering system. He was awarded the Robyn Geraghty School Volunteer Award for Outstanding Service has been awarded to Bob Mack and his faithful dog Slater.
Bob’s expertise is not only contained to preparation of planting, but has also included the teaching of horticulture to students. Bob has also trained and developed staff in techniques of garden maintenance. Bob has in this short time worked closely with the building construction students, the CHI students, society and environment classes, home economics faculty and students. His knowledge has allowed the community garden to become an integral part of the college curriculum. The garden has provided a variety of vegetables for the Parndendi Café, the home economics centre and members of the community.
Sustainability of the community garden has been one of Bob’s agendas since he started at Windsor Gardens and in his own time he has enrolled himself into TAFE and undertaken courses around Workplace Health and Safety, and Horticulture to further assist him to help the students at WGSC. Due to Bob’s dedication, he has given the garden a real community feel. His energy, new ideas and expertise have been a most invaluable asset to the college. As a college, we appreciate and value Bob’s commitment and dedication to the community garden and the college. He and Slater will always be a welcomed member of the college community.
Please speak to Front Office staff if you wish to get in touch with Bob to help him out in the Garden!