Harmonee House gets makeover

Community spirit: Lisa Andre, Ken Smith, Martine Deschenes, Mark Drake and Rex Heywood work together on the back garden of Harmonee House.
Community spirit: Lisa Andre, Ken Smith, Martine Deschenes, Mark Drake and Rex Heywood work together on the back garden of Harmonee House.

THE backyard of Harmonee House is in the middle of a makeover.

The community house run by Bay of Isles Community Out reach (BOICO) is in the process of revamping its backyard and has just had reticulation installed.

BOICO community support worker Lisa Andre said the house played an important role in the community.

She said Harmonee House taught independent living skills, which could be passed down to other family members, and things like arts and crafts.

The backyard make over would allow Harmonee House staff to develop the skills of their clients, Ms Andre said.

"We have spent the last six months revamping the whole yard and getting rid of all the old stuff we had, getting new sleeper beds to lift them up so lots of our clients can get to them because some have trouble getting right down low," she said.

She said the garden would provide a range of different functions for users.

"We are trying to introduce a century garden because we have people with different needs so they will be able to have a touch feel and smell of all the things in the gardens," she said.

Ms Andre said growing fruits and vegetables was important for those on low incomes.

"Families can come and pick the fresh produce rather than go to Woolworths," she said.

Ms Andre said community support had been integral to the process of the garden.

The Shire of Esperance donated five tonnes of yellow sand and Bunnings Esperance donated the irrigation system which was installed on Tuesday.