Originally written by Portland Observer
PORTLAND Aluminium Making the Link volunteers worked alongside Ambulance Victoria paramedics to resuscitate the Portland ambulance station’s garden last Thursday.
Portland Aluminium employee volunteers put their green thumbs to work by giving some much needed TLC to the overgrown garden beds at the New St station as part of this month’s Business and Community Links (BacLinks) Making the Link Project.
Ambulance Victoria’s south-west regional manager Tony Oxford said Portland paramedics were kept busy undertaking their normal duties and struggled to find time to perform what they deemed ‘non-essential tasks’ such as gardening.
“In 2008-09 Ambulance Victoria responded to 1040 Portland incidents, consisting of 850 emergency cases and 190 non-emergency patient transports”, said Mr Oxford.
BacLinks project officer Carol Stewart said the station garden required a good blitz to maintain the trees and shrubs that were starting to obstruct the footpath and become hazardous.
“This project gave a much needed manpower boost to the paramedic team to help cut back trees and shrubs and extend beds away from the footpath,” said Ms Stewart.
Portland Aluminium operations manager John Osborne said the ‘Making the Link’ Program provides the avenue for Portland Aluminium to assist community organisations such as Ambulance Victoria, through employee volunteering.
“We have many employees who are volunteers in emergency services within the community whether it be SES, Coast Guard or CFA for example. These types of services are invaluable to our community, especially Ambulance Victoria, so we are proud to be able to support them in this small but meaningful way”, said Mr Osborne.