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Grand plans for Katanning Eco-centre

Daniel RooneyGreat Southern Herald
Bev Lockley.
Camera IconBev Lockley. Credit: Daniel Rooney

The Katanning Eco-centre is calling on the community for support and donations of materials as they embark on a project to construct a patio.

The view from the deck.
Camera IconThe view from the deck. Credit: Daniel Rooney

The patio will cover the deck outside the centre’s cafe and ice creamery with a panoramic view of Piesse Park.

Materials the group need to realise the project include galvanised patio tube, uprights, rafters, infill purlins and outer edging.

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The group is able to weld and cut patio tubing donations of any length thanks to the skill of volunteer Ron Lockley who constructed the frame for the Eco-centre’s crocheted sun shade in January.

The project is part of a larger plan that will include the installation of walkways and a unique bush tucker garden later this year.

“We had an ideas walk last year and we got several ideas out of that, including a kid’s trail with snakes and ladders, hopscotch, picnic tables and an Aboriginal bush supermarket,” volunteer Bev Lockley said.

The Aboriginal bush supermarket will feature a range of edible native plants and herbs used by the Noongar people.

It will also include sculptures of animals such as kangaroos that were an important food source.

“A lot of people do bush food gardens and they concentrate on plants, but Aboriginal people ate meat as well, so I want to include that,” Mrs Lockley said.

Other plans for 2023 include planting trees around the Piesse Park amphitheatre to provide shade.

Community members with materials to donate or questions about dimensions can contact Mr Lockley on 0411 743 676.

The patio overlooking the park.
Camera IconThe patio overlooking the park. Credit: Daniel Rooney

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