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    Minister for Housing and Public Works, Minister for Digital Technology and Minister for Sport
    The Honourable Mick de Brenni

    Winners announced in Palaszczuk Government’s Fortitude Valley My Home Awards

    Minister for Housing and Public Works, Minister for Digital Technology and Minister for Sport
    The Honourable Mick de Brenni

    Friday, November 02, 2018

    Winners announced in Palaszczuk Government’s Fortitude Valley My Home Awards

    Public housing tenants with green thumbs and a passion for making their gardens beautiful have been recognised at today’s (Friday) 2018 Fortitude Valley My Home Awards ceremony.

    Member for McConnel Grace Grace said 27 of the 844 entries received around the state were from the Fortitude Valley Housing Service Centre region.

    “All of the entrants of the My Home Awards can be very proud of their work with their gardens,” Ms Grace said.

    “I speak to a lot of the local tenants about their beautiful gardens, and they all tell me it brings a lot of joy, not only to themselves, but to the wider community.”

    Some of the winners included: Gwendoline Street (House Garden), Julian Lynch (Balcony Garden), Bridget Evans (New Gardener) and John Boyns/Kathy Swain (Communal Garden).

    Minister for Housing and Public Works Mick de Brenni said this was the fourth year the awards had been held since being axed by the LNP and reinstated by the Palaszczuk Government.

    “This government believes in treating tenants with respect and giving them an opportunity to be part of their community by showing pride in their homes,” he said.

    Mr de Brenni said the My Home Awards, held in 22 Housing Service Centre regions across Queensland, recognised gardens “no matter if they are in a backyard, on a balcony or the communal garden tended by a number of tenants”.

    “The awards acknowledge the pride and time public housing tenants take in caring for their gardens,” he said. “Gardening is a key activity for a healthy lifestyle. It gets you outdoors, active, and you can grow your own vegetables that can be used to create healthy meals.”

    This year’s awards featured eight categories: House Garden, Edible/Bush Tucker Garden, Courtyard Garden, Balcony Garden, Water-wise Garden, New Gardener, Children’s Garden and Communal Garden.

    Prize winners received vouchers to the value of $80 for first prize, $50 for runner up and $30 for highly commended. Entrants received a Garden Pack – containing a calico tote bag, planting guide and sunscreen – a certificate and a photo of their garden.

    For more information about the 2018 My Home Awards, visit your local Housing Service Centre or log onto the website:

    https://www.qld.gov.au/housing/public-community-housing/public-housing-tenants/my-home-awards

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