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TAFE Gippsland unveil new addition to Dalkeith Gardens courtyard

26th February 2020

TAFE Gippsland and Benetas’ Dalkeith Gardens’ aged care representatives will today unveil a new garden structure and furniture crafted by TAFE students and staff.

A magnificent garden arbour is being donated to the local aged care home along with tailored garden benches and seating to provide great comfort and respite for residents in a beautiful courtyard setting.

Director Educational Delivery, Linda Austin, joined Benetas General Manager of Residential Services, Verity Leith, to unveil the structure and furniture to residents and those involved.

“The donation of this magnificent garden arbour and garden furniture is a very worthy project and it certainly helps to showcase the skills that TAFE Gippsland’s staff and students can bring to our community,” Ms Austin said.

“This is our way of saying thank you to Dalkeith Gardens as a valued Health Sector training partner and, at the same time, giving something back to our local community through the skills learned at our TAFE institute.”

Ms Austin said the project was one of TAFE Gippsland’s transformation projects born out of the 2019 rebranding of the Institute and aimed at helping to transform the people and places where TAFE operates throughout Gippsland.

“We hope the residents and staff at this wonderful facility get a great deal of enjoyment from the arbour and furniture well into the future and we congratulate our TAFE Gippsland trades teachers and students for their skill and work to bringing this project to the residents here today.”

The new additions will complement Dalkeith Gardens’ magnificent new residential facilities in Traralgon and add to the impressive landscaping that runs alongside residents’ apartments.

Verity Leith said that the partnership focussed on improving the lives of residents, with many looking forward to its completion.

“As a not-for-profit aged care provider, we are very grateful for this wonderful contribution from TAFE Gippsland and its students to enrich the lives of residents in their later years,” Ms Leith said.

“These partnerships with local community organisations is incredibly rewarding for our residents and staff, but in helping to breakdown inter-generational barriers and forge new meaningful relationships with older members of our community.

“We couldn’t be more pleased to work with TAFE Gippsland and its students to bring this about.”

Find out more on Dalkeith Gardens residential aged care in Traralgon.