With COVID-19 restrictions making travel to Walgett impossible, Yuwaya Ngarra-li collaborators in Impact Engineering have been working remotely to support the next phase to drought-proof the Walgett Aboriginal Medical Service’s community garden.

A surveying brief has been handed to a local business to complete ahead of a planned installation in August of 48 new Biofilta garden beds, which has proved to be able to produce food in drought conditions. The students are preparing documents and charts to support every phase of the installation, and staying in close contact with community partners in Walgett to make sure the process is as smooth as possible.

With funding from Adapt NSW, the 48 garden beds will provide a source of local fresh food to households need across the community. As restrictions are lifted, students plan to travel to the community in September and begin planning and consultation for the next phase of work, which will include raised beds and shaded seated.