Rainbow Primary School transformed into Oasis, garden draft design released


RESIDENTS are being asked to have their say on a draft garden design for the Oasis Rainbow project. 

The project will transform the old Rainbow Primary School into an arts precinct.

The draft garden contains a golden rainbow sound shell, palm trees, indigenous food garden, cool mist sprays, play areas and exhibitions and performance precincts. 

Project manager Adelle Rohrsheim said the two-year Oasis Rainbow Small Town Transformation project would create a network for recreational activities and artistic pursuits. 

She said the team wanted to hear what the community thought of the garden draft. 

“Back in February, in the middle of the heat wave, we spent a hot afternoon at the primary school listening to the community’s ideas for this garden,” she said.

“Now our consultants Enlocus have provided plans, including a number of images.

“One feature would be a stunning golden sound shell for performances, which will be complimented by a series of seating walls to support the exhibition and performance areas.”

Ms Rohrsheim said current sport and recreation areas would be maintained and lawns would be added for more sporting opportunities.

 She said an indigenous food garden walk would produce small scale crops. 

“A series of misting points will create a true oasis feeling along walkways near buildings at the school site,” Ms Rohrsheim.

“There will also be a Mallee forest garden path to create areas of shade, and places to explore.

“Large blocks of local stone will be used for both seating and play and there will also be areas featuring lemon scented gums and transplanted mature palms.

“But it won’t be all garden with areas for exhibition, performance and concerts and with murals proving popular across the region, the designers have also highlighted tanks and buildings which could be used for wall art including projections.”

Comments can be made until April 22. Please call Adelle Rohrsheim on 0431 820 493. You can also email your feddback to oasis-rainbow@hotmail.com