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Mandemar resident Julieann McDonald has already positioned herself to
take advantage of a forecast growth in the nation’s $3 billion
This year she will graduate with a Diploma of Horticulture from TAFE
NSW Goulburn. However, she is already building a business using her
new-found skills and knowledge.
Ms McDonald uses her nationally recognised qualifications and
experience on her horse agistment property, mostly for ex-race horses,
that requires her to have top quality pastures and shade trees.
Her introduction to TAFE NSW came about through needing skills to
improve those pastures in order to grow her business.
“I had a lot of weeds here when I started. I’ve done a lot of pasture
improvement and I learned how to treat weeds at TAFE NSW. I’m in a
position now to be able to help other people improve their horse
properties,” Ms McDonald said.
“I think of TAFE NSW as a huge open door you walk through and it
opens up all these possibilities you had never considered.”
Before gaining her industry skills Ms McDonald was spending
reasonable amounts of money at nurseries and always asking advice on
why her plants were dying. A friend, who was enrolled in Certificate
II in Horticulture at TAFE NSW Moss Vale, suggested that she join her
in the course, so she did
Inspired after graduation, Ms McDonald enrolled in Certificate III
Horticulture and then went on to complete her Diploma of Horticulture
at TAFE NSW Goulburn.
To help meet the skills demand for the growing horticulture industry,
the Diploma in Horticulture will be offered at TAFE NSW Moss Vale from
Ms McDonald has created an impressive garden of her own and also
cares for the gardens at a growing number of properties in the
“I’ve learned a lot and had plenty of successes,” she said. I know
expected plant growth rates, preferred habit and because of my
knowledge of pests and disease I can intervene early when I see a tree
or shrub suffering.
“I’m proud that I can stand in the shade of the trees I have planted,
it feels really good.”
To find out more about studying the Diploma of Horticulture at TAFE
NSW Moss Vale in 2019, visit www.tafensw.edu.au or phone 131 601.
Media contact: Adam Wright, TAFE NSW Media Officer, 4421 9895,
mobile 0466 375 552.
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