Garden project support

HARD AT WORK: Heather Hunt, Sue Burgess and Chrissy Mackinnon working to replant the garden.

HARD AT WORK: Heather Hunt, Sue Burgess and Chrissy Mackinnon working to replant the garden.

The Friends of Willochra, a community group supporting Willochra Home, needed help to fund a sensory/dementia garden for elderly residents. 

Realising that many of the residents were old retired farmers and farmer's wives, the committee approached Viterra for help.

The very first two silos at Crystal Brook were built in 1969 with a further eight concrete silos added in 1970. The last two silos were included in 1979.

The bunker site, with additional weighbridge and sampling office was built in 2002, and expanded in 2016 with additional bunkers. All are owned now by Viterra.

The company employed up to 40 staff at Crystal Brook last harvest and 1,900 casual staff across the state, in addition to its permanent workforce.

Jack Tansley, Viterra's operations manager for the central region, could understand that some of these residents, living close by at the aged care home, could have once been delivering grain to one of the first two silos built here in 1969. 

Communities survive when everyone plays a part and Viterra were generous in supporting the community project by donating funds towards the garden.

This will allow a solar powered water feature to greet families at the Allan Street entrance and provide a tranquil place for the residents.

Remaining funds from this project will then go on to reignite the working garden where residents can work on raised gardens growing plants of their choice.

Jack Tansley stated Viterra is pleased to be able to support the local community where the site operates and where their employees and customers live. 

Crystal Brook is an important part of their network, taking grower receivals and being a key supply site to Viterra’s Adelaide export terminals.

“We are committed to supporting the communities which support us, and are pleased to hear the joy this project has brought the residents at Willochra Home and their families,” Mr Tansley stated.

We are committed to supporting the communities which support us ... - Jack Tansley, Viterra

The garden is nearing completion and thanks must also go to Friends of Willochra, Grainflow's Community Cropping Project, Apex, Bunnings at Gawler, Perry's Fuel, Perkins Contracting and Aitcheson Concrete Transport, Young’s Quarry, Dulux Paints and Cabots, Platinum Ag, Heinrichs Landscaping and our local IGA.

Many donations have come from members of the community, staff and family members in many different ways. 

Thanks must also go to Heather Hunt, Maureen Welke and Sue Burgess.

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