Cynthia Lui MP
Member for Cook
The vegetable patches at Kowanyama State School and the Coen Campus of the Cape York Aboriginal Australian Academy are the beneficiaries of a fortuitous discussion facilitated by the Embassy of Israel on the Member for Cook, Cynthia Lui’s recent study tour to Israel.
Following the trip to Israel, global company Netafim offered to donate 12 irrigation kits to schools in Ms Lui’s electorate and Kowanyama and Coen were two of the lucky ones.
“It was wonderful to work with Netafim, a global leader in smart drip and micro-irrigation solutions for a sustainable future and I also wish to acknowledge the Embassy of Israel who was instrumental in making this happen.”
“We know that gardening in remote areas can be a challenge but with smart drip irrigation, water is not wasted and all the effort that the children will put into their veggie patch will reap rewards,” Ms Lui said.
The kits include irrigation hardware and instructions along with a variety of seeds that will motivate the children to participate in what is known to be both a healthy and educational activity.
Stuart Upron, Digital and Brand Manager, Netafim Australia and New Zealand said, “At Netafim, we enable our customers to grow more with less. By educating our schools and communities on the importance of efficient irrigation practices we are saving today’s resources for tomorrow’s generations.”
“We are thrilled to be a part of this fantastic initiative and grateful to Cynthia Lui MP, Member for Cook, for driving this program across 12 schools throughout the Cook electorate,” he said.
“I’m looking forward to hearing how much the veggie patches are producing and how the children’s learning and understanding of growing food is increasing,” Ms Lui said.
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