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Little Saints Early Learning Centre in Traralgon receives John Ruyg Encouragement Award to recognise its new vegetable garden

Little Saints Early Learning Centre in Traralgon has been awarded the John Ruyg Encouragement Award to recognise its recently established vegetable garden.

By news@gippsland - 10th November 2022 - Back to News

Supported by Latrobe City Council, each participating kinder and preschool has designed and planted their gardens with input from students and using a starter pack of seeds and seedlings. The biofilta wicking beds allow the gardens to grow throughout the year, without the worry of having to water them during holidays.

Mayor Kellie O’Callaghan, Josie, Bowie (John Ruyg’s children), Dr Renee Paulet, Miss Karen, Miss Brooke

Mayor Kellie O'Callaghan, Josie, Bowie (John Ruyg's children), Dr Renee Paulet, Miss Karen, Miss Brooke

Encouraging revegetation

This initiative is part of Living Well Latrobe, Latrobe City Council's Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan (MPHWP) 2021-2025. Each garden had the opportunity to participate in the John Ruyg Encouragement Award, which is presented to gardeners in Latrobe City to acknowledge John's passion for gardens, the environment and community connection.

John was a well-respected arborist who previously worked at Latrobe City Council before starting his business, JR's Treemendous Landscapes, in 2004. A resident of Callignee, his family was one of 247 who lost their homes in the Churchill Black Saturday bushfire on 7 February 2009. After the bushfire, he worked tirelessly in support of the community to assess dangerous trees and encourage revegetation, under an initiative funded by Latrobe City Council.

Lasting legacy to inspire

Mayor of Latrobe City Cr Kellie O'Callaghan acknowledged John's partner, Dr Renee Paulet and children Josie and Bowie, for judging the award this year. "The award reflects John's lasting legacy and continues to inspire our community to enjoy gardening, improving our local environment and building communities."

"Congratulations to the students and educators at Little Saints Early Learning Centre in Traralgon who were selected as the winners of the award. It is a fantastic effort, with a variety of vegetables and indigenous plants incorporated into the design," said Mayor of Latrobe City Cr Kellie O'Callaghan.

Pictures from Latrobe City Council website.


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