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Three TAFE NSW Institutes participated in this year's Challenge.
Illawarra was up against teams from both Western Sydney's Richmond
College and SWSi's Padstow Campus.The theme this year was 'Modern
Australian Backyard', and Yallah's winning entry was designed with
potential bush fire risks in mind, as well as incorporating a
solar-powered water feature and native plants that are lowmaintenance.
'Team Yallah', which was made up of 14 third-year students aged
between 18 and 24, worked tirelessly over a four-day period at
Sydney's Olympic Park Showgrounds to bring the garden design to
spectacular life. Close proximity to the other two entries really
helped to fire up the students' competitive spirit.
"We've been working within three metres of other Institutes and
no-one talks to each other," said Horticulture head
teacher, Craig Conway. "It's extremely competitive."And with
the ever-popular People's Choice Award still up for grabs, Team
Yallah is daring to dream of winning that as well, making it a double
whammy for the Campus and for the Institute.
Voting for the People's Choice Award closes on Friday 25 March.