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Sep 222013
 

Lend Lease at Belmont State School
A group of Lend Lease employees spent Wednesday 19th September at Belmont State School, planting trees and tidying up to beautify the grounds.

Carindale’s Belmont State School was just one of the organisations helped during Lend Lease’s 18th annual Community Day.

Lend Lease beautifying the grounds at Belmont State SchoolLend Lease Community Day encourages all employees around the world to give something back to local communities.

The initiative helps to develop strong community partnerships, giving employees a chance to apply skills where they are most needed. It also helps to build strong camaraderie and teamwork.

Employees are invited to nominate a project and create small teams to work with the community group or cause.

Activities can include helping senior citizens, homeless people, people with disabilities, the environment, working with children/youth and animals.

Lend Lease employees at Belmont State SchoolWhen I arrived at the school I saw the Lend Lease team undertaking all sorts of tasks. It was a hot day but there was plenty of friendly chatter and laughs. They were moving soil, dressing up the gardens with mulch, planting,  tidying up and more. The plants were Mock Orange for the hedges and Red grass.

Mandy Morrison, team leader of this particular group said the Belmont State School project was chosen because, as an independent Public School, the school places a strong emphasis on establishing and furthering community links.

“This project allows Lend Lease to help establish the local community partnerships by giving back to the local school community, with the manpower and assistance to beautify the grounds,” Mandy said.

Belmont State School is one of the first schools in Queensland to be selected as an Independent Public School. School Principal Noel Seawright says that this provides more autonomy to make decisions locally through the school council. We wrote more about what this means here.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Gen is the Founder of Carindale Connect (started in 2007). She has a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Queensland University of Technology and an internship from ABC Online. She's involved in a number of web projects, was the Website Manager for Chamber of Commerce and Industry QLD and the Editor of Wotnews (Australian news aggregator and search engine start-up). She also spent some time as a volunteer Community Correspondent for 612 ABC Brisbane. Born in Hobart, Tasmania, Gen now lives in Carindale. She loves her bicycle (but doesn't do lycra), the environment and art.
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  2 Responses to “Lend Lease greening up Belmont State School”

  1. Green? We hear chainsaws cutting trees down regularly in the school grounds and the trees planted look like mock orange which are weeds that can be spread into the belmont hills reserve by local birds

    • Hi Kerryn,
      I’ve just asked about the plant species … Yes, Mock Orange for the hedge and Red grass (I’ve updated the story to include that).
      Re “chainsaws cutting trees down regularly” there – I don’t know enough about activity there on other occasions (this Lend Lease Community Day was just one day) to comment, yet. I’ll chat to B4C soon too.
      I would LOVE, of course, this partnership and future partnerships of the school (and any organisations) to mean good news for the local environment.

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