Twilight market introduces
garden scape to community
The success of the recent Twilight Market at Rural Northwest Health’s Warracknabeal campus was more than a financial boon for the organisation.
The majority of visitors to the market also gained their first glimpse of the completed stages of the wellness garden. During the market, the compliments flowed almost as swiftly as the reticulated water from the rocky swale that winds through the garden.
Market organiser Katie Ramsdale said the annual market had grown swiftly since it started two years ago and space had become a factor.
“It has grown from seven stalls at the first one to 26 stalls this time so we needed more room than just the front car park,” Ms Ramsdale said.
“The completion of stage two of the wellness garden provided the perfect solution because we were able to utilise the brilliant community plaza area,” she said.
“The paved area features the large pergola shaped to capture the image of the former Warracknabeal Hospital and that proved an ideal home for the extra stalls.”
Ms Ramsdale said people were commenting to her about the impressive appearance of the garden.
“It really is a landmark welcome mat to the campus and it is already proving popular with people of all ages,” she said.
“People sat in the gardens and had a bite to eat and children played in the garden and beside the swale.
“I can see it becoming a real attraction for visitors to the region.”
The first two stages of the garden are now complete and include a sensory garden and reflection space and a community plaza and orchard forecourt featuring a paved shelter with a roof modeled on the original hospital building.
RNH CEO Kevin Mills said work had commenced on stage three which would feature a grassy knoll and bunkers.
“Stage four will feature a movement park with a playground and exercise equipment for all ages to use,” Mr Mills said.
“Space has also been allocated for a water park but at this stage there is no funding to ensure its completion,” he said.
“We are really looking to the community to help us build the water park so we would be very grateful for any donations toward its construction.”
Mr Mills said the wellness garden would be a showcase attraction for visitors to the region.
“Warracknabeal can benefit from the Silo Art trail by encouraging visitors to stop and take a break or have lunch in our gardens,” he said.
“It could really be a win-win for the community.”
People wanting to make donations toward the wellness garden construction can contact Peter Miller on 5396 1218 or drop into the campus reception.