App-lause for garden won in council competition

May 31, 2017

New landscape: Moira Shire Mayor Gary Cleveland surveys work with Neil Adolphson on the new garden he won.

In just two days, Neil Adolphson’s Cobram property has been transformed from empty garden to planted paradise, thanks to a competition run by Moira Shire Council on the release of its Waste Management App.

Mr Adolphson won the garden makeover last year worth $1000 after submitting a photo of his garden through council’s new smartphone app.

While preparation works have been under way in the past few months, the bulk of the makeover was carried out last Tuesday and Wednesday.

Mr Adolphson said it was a big surprise to win the competition.

He has only lived in Cobram for six months after moving from Melbourne and said it was a lovely welcome to the region.

‘‘I was planning to do a garden myself, so this is really perfect timing,’’ he said.

‘‘I’m really excited about it, it couldn’t have come at a better time.

‘‘They’re doing a fantastic job and I really want to thank Moira Shire Council — I still use the Waste App and I’d encourage everyone else to use it too.’’

Council’s gardens and parks team has created garden beds and defined the driveway with plants along the edge.

Mr Adolphson and council’s operations team leader David Roberts worked together to plan the basic layout and choose the garden’s plants.

‘‘We designed it so you still have a good view of the garden whether it’s from the road or looking outside from the front window,’’ Mr Roberts said.

All the plants are native, which was a request from Mr Adolphson.

‘‘We both came up with some great ideas, and we’ve used all different kinds of plants,’’ Mr Adolphson said.

The garden features lomandras, kangaroo paws to add colour, grevillea and more.

Moira Shire Mayor Gary Cleveland said it was great to see the garden under way for a well-deserved winner.

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