There is much more to a Green Thumb

Eurobodalla Council’s parks and gardens crew like to call a spade a spade and they’re justifiably proud of apprentice Stacey Wade.

On Thursday 17 December Ms Wade was presented with The Shovel award by Moruya TAFE’s Gabriele Harding, recognising both the theoretical knowledge and practical skills Ms Wade demonstrated while completing her Certificate III in Horticulture.

Council’s works manager Tony Swallow said the public would already be familiar with some of Stacey’s work.

“Anyone who’s visited the revamped gardens at Moruya’s Apex and Riverside Parks can appreciate Stacey’s talent, as she co-designed those with the rest of the team,” Mr Swallow said.

Former apprentices Rhiannon Cooper and Eli Ryan have also won The Shovel in recent years. We’re pretty happy to be able to draw on a pool of great local talent, then support them through their apprenticeship with engaging work experience.”

Ms Harding noted Council had consistently selected apprentices that excelled through their TAFE study.

“It’s been a group of students that really excel, as you’ll see by some of the names engraved on The Shovel.”

Above: Moruya TAFE’s Gabriele Harding presents Council’s parks and gardens apprentice Stacey Wade with The Shovel