Cynthia Lui MP
Member for Cook
The vegetable patches at several Torres Strait and NPA schools are the beneficiaries of a fortuitous discussion facilitated by the Embassy of Israel following the Member for Cook, Cynthia Lui’s recent study tour to Israel.
Following the trip to Israel, global company, Netafim offered to donate irrigation kits to 7 selected local schools in the Torres Strait and NPA region.
“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.”
Schools in the NPA and Torres Strait which have received the kits include:
Saibai Island - Kadhego Ngurpay Lag – Tagai State College
Boigu Island - Malu Kiyay Ngurpay Lag – Tagai State College
Yam Island - Iama Ngurpay Lag – Tagai State College
Coconut Island - Poruma Ngurpay Lag – Tagai State College
Stephen Island - Ugar Eruer Uteb – Tagai State College
Injinoo Junior Campus – Northern Peninsula Area State School
Bamaga Junior Campus - Northern Peninsula Area State School
“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.
Benjamin Reed, Head of Campus of Injinoo Junior Campus of the Northern Peninsula Area State School said “Thank you Cynthia for supporting the communities of Injinoo and Bamaga through the provision of the irrigation kits that will help continue to advance the Student Gardening Programs.”
Timothy McKee, Acting Head of Campus of Poruma Tagai State College said the staff and students on Poruma Island Campus are very appreciative of the donation. The irrigation kit provided is to be installed in the school garden early in term 4. Currently the island is on water restrictions with only hand held hosing every second day allowable. Once the rains come in term 4 this ban will be lifted and the irrigation kit will be put to good use.
“Last term the students on Poruma worked on a gardening project with the local TSRA Rangers and were exposed to a TEK (traditional ecological knowledge) program. Part of this project required them to take cuttings and plant traditional flora around the school.” Mr McKee said.
“In term 4 the Rangers will assist them to prepare the soil in the school vegetable garden, install the irrigation kit and then plant a variety of suitable vegetables including tomatoes, cucumbers, pumpkins and water melons.” Mr McKee 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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