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Harbour Trust invites volunteers to join the team at Middle Head

Volunteer gardeners Geoff Bran & Sue Wagner at Middle Head. Image supplied by Sydney Harbour Federation Trust

The Harbour Trust is calling on avid gardeners to join the volunteer team at Middle Head to help maintain and improve the gardens around the ASOPA buildings.

The ASOPA buildings are a set of 15 barrack buildings that were used as accommodation and training for the Australian School of Pacific Administration (ASOPA) from 1947 to 1997. The area has been extensively enhanced with luscious and exotic gardens reflecting the tropical nature of the ASOPA institution. The gardens are now maintained by Harbour Trust volunteers.

“The volunteer gardeners at Middle Head have planted hundreds of plants since the program began in 2014,” said Harbour Trust CEO, Mary Darwell. “It’s a great role for those who love gardening, providing the opportunity to create and care for gardens on a very unique site and to connect with other likeminded people within the community,” said Ms Darwell.

During WWII, the site was an internment camp for Italian nationals who were employed as maintenance staff. Most recently the buildings were occupied by the AusAid Centre for Pacific Development and Training prior to its closure in 1998. The site is now a unique commercial precinct with the barrack buildings re-used as contemporary office and retail space by a range of small businesses.

Middle Head Gardeners meet Thursday mornings. No formal qualifications are required but people with green thumbs are highly regarded.

Harbour Trust Volunteers all work within their own teams and are trained in their role, and also become part of the Harbour Trust volunteer team, are given a uniform and enjoy social opportunities, information sessions and other benefits. The role would particularly suit a local to the area.

The Harbour Trust is supported by more than 250 volunteers across our sites. Over the last year volunteers have provided close to 30,000 hours of dedicated and enthusiastic work.

To apply visit or for more information contact the Harbour Trust Volunteer Manager on 8969 2112.

Source: Sydney Harbour Federation Trust

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