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Sunshine Farmers reap skills from landscaping project

SUNSHINE Beach State High School Special Education Unit has completed impressive works at Sunshine Butterflies’ new home, called Our Backyard, as part of a skills-training program: Sunshine Farmers.

The hard-working group of 10 Sunshine Beach SEU students has been working all year on various projects around Our Backyard as a community contribution to the charity.

Sunshine Farmers is a weekly skills-based education program, which is coordinated by landscape designer Damien Walsh, from Sunshine Gardens Landscaping and Maintenance.

The Sunshine Farmers program allows students with special needs the opportunity to access training and education to build skills, confidence and experience for their future after high school.

The program is seen as a great opportunity for students to get involved and feel valued at a community level as they contribute to a worthy cause.

Sunshine Butterflies founder Leanne Walsh said the organisation valued the partnership with Sunshine Beach State High School.

“The eager group of students have learnt and achieved so much this year at Our Backyard,” she said.

The group hase completed bridges, dry creek beds, garden chairs and various native landscaping activities at the two-hectare education and recreation facility in Cooroibah.

Teacher Sean Lennox said it was wonderful to see the students grow and learn new skills while working on a community project from which many community members would benefit.

For more details on the program, contact 5470 2830 or

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