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Sydney school breaks ground on winning design



April 20, 2017

Marrickville Public School in Sydney’s inner west has broken ground on their new garden, the winning entry in the My Park Rules competition.

Marrickville PS’s winning design


A collaboration between the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects and 202020 VisionMy Park Rules encouraged school communities to submit ideas to transform their local parks or grey space for a chance to win a $100 000 makeover.  Marrickville Public School’s design was chosen for the impact it will have the school community, transforming a asphalt courtyard sandwiched between industrial sites into a designer nature play space for all.

Tonia Gray, My Park Rules jury member and childhood development expert said,

“This will be a place of reprieve in a dense, urban area.  Children benefit immensely from spending time in green spaces – including memory improvements, lower risk of childhood obesity, better reasoning skills, improve cognitive function and reduction in anger.”

Marrickville Public School’s Principal, Kerry Chambers, says the kids are thrilled that the garden they helped design will be completed in the coming months, “The kids have been involved from the get go and we’re now all excited about it becoming a reality.”

Lucy Turnbull AO and the Hon Anthony Albanese MP at the groundbreaking ceremony


Both the Hon Anthony Albanese MP and Lucy Turnbull attended the asphalt-breaking ceremony to celebrate the start of constructing the new garden.  Mrs Turnbull, who was also a member of the judging panel said, “I was blown away by their passion for their school.

The winning design will transform the drab courtyard into an oasis of green that’s full of elements to stimulate and educate the students, including a bush tucker garden.


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