Torrens Primary Courtyard Brings Together Community

Released 09/03/2017

Today at Torrens Primary School today we officially opened their new My Park Rules outdoor courtyard.

Supported by the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects, My Park Rules calls for video entries from throughout Australia to pitch for a refurbished outdoor space within a school, community meeting place or public space.

Torrens Primary School was lucky enough to be provided the opportunity to be the pilot school for their own My Park Rules refurbished landscape, which involved the planting of more than 1,000 trees in a space which was unchanged from its first development and in recent times wasn’t used as much as it could have been.

As a result, Torrens now has a fantastic space which can be used by all students, providing teachers with a resource for classes, creative learning, for lunch breaks and for quiet reflection or downtime.  

The contribution from the community to develop Torrens’ new courtyard was so great that it is now valued at just over $250,000, about double the funds provided by the ACT Government, with other funds coming from generous donations and school fundraisers in addition to plenty of hours of volunteer work.

The work at Torrens was carried out by more than 50 parents, teachers and 18 Canberra-based businesses, many of whom gave their time and resources for free. The Torrens courtyard was designed by students from the University of Canberra, who have used the experience as a leg-up into careers as Landscape Architects since graduating in 2016.

This initiative at Torrens from the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects, the University of Canberra, 2020 Vision - who have a goal of 20% greener spaces in urban areas by 2020, along with local businesses and parents is a great example of the Canberra community pulling together for a great outcome for our schools and I thank and congratulate everyone who has contributed their time, expertise and resources.

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