Garden of earthly delights open

OPENING: CARA chief executive Liz Cohen with Port Augusta City Council Deputy Mayor Brett Benbow at Friday’s opening. PHOTO: Matt Carcich.
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People of all abilities will be able to enjoy Cara’s new Sensory & Adventure Garden after it officially openedon FridayNovember 18.

The Sensory and Adventure Garden was voted for by the community in the Fund My Idea round, with $20,000 in funding granted from the South Australia’s government’s Department of Primary Industries and Regions (PIRSA).

The garden has grown in the yard of one of Cara’s disability respite houses in Port Augusta West, creating a sensory oasis to delight people of all abilities.

There are plans from group Test Kitchen to run a‘Host @ Home’dining concept to bring together isolated community members for a meal and friendship.

CaraChief Executive Liz Cohen saidthe garden is an inclusive space which Cara’s customers can enjoy, while neighbours, including those from the nearby aged-care facility, are welcome to visit and delight in the gardentoo.

“The creation of the garden, led by Cara Team Leader Sharen Hebberman, has truly been a community event, voted for by the community to benefit the community,” Ms Cohen said.

Cara is one of South Australia’s largest disability-service providers, supporting more than 680 children and adults with disability and employing more than 800 staff.

Among the garden’s features is a sensory path with different textures, so anyone walking or using a wheelchair can feel the change in the terrain.

Other features include thewall of sound where garden-goers can create their own beautiful, unique noise, scented plants to close the eyes and inhale and a water feature with trickling brook.

It operates all over the state including in Port Augusta, Port Pirie and Port Lincoln.

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