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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 Mackay 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 Mackay 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 Mackay My Home Awards ceremony.

    Member for Mackay Julieanne Gilbert said 40 of the 844 entries received around the state, were from the Mackay Housing Service Centre region.

    “All the people who entered the awards from the Mackay region, really looked forward to showing-off their gardens to the judges,” Mrs Gilbert said.

    “And the judges say there has been tremendous creativity in this year’s gardens. It’s fantastic to see neighbours working together to create beautiful gardens and common spaces.”

    Some of the winners included Jane Gilbert (House Garden), Ena Braunwalder (Water-wise Garden) and Pouline Pfeffer (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 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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