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The drainage gang!

Civil Train SA likes to be involved in community projects wherever we can, and this month our Cert III Civil Construction trainees assisted in the installation of a drainage system at Bowden Community Garden in the City of Charles Sturt.

Civil Train SA had the unique opportunity to carry out much need drainage works at the Brompton Community Garden.  The garden has been quite an attraction within the community for quite a few years. The garden houses 52 allotments, where local residents including education and vocational groups can lease an allotment for 12 months. The garden unfortunately suffered from drainage issues and areas within the garden would flood.

Over three days, a small workforce led by Civil Train trainer and assessor, Dominic Sexton, banded together with Certificate III trainees to assist and carry out the much needed drainage works. The main project work consisted of installing corrugated ag drains and catchment pits for new areas connecting to existing infrastructure. Just as the garden represents bringing people together the unique project brought together a group of civil construction learners who wouldn’t usually work together from different districts including Mount Barker, Port Adelaide-Enfield, Adelaide and Charles Sturt.

Not only did the project assist the Brompton Community Gardens, it allowed the Certificate III learners to demonstrate their skills in locating services, manual excavation, spreading and compacting material, using hand tools and small plant equipment, operating small and supporting plant operations. The project did come with some challenges, but fortunately with construction equipment available today, the team was quickly able to overcome access issues with the hire of a mini excavator and motorised powered wheel barrow.

Civil Train look forward to further opportunities to collaborate in the future and would like to acknowledge and thank The Community Brompton Garden and the City Of Charles Sturt Council, for their support and assistance with this project.