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News From The Latrobe Lifeskills Workshop- Recycled Furniture Success

 4 months ago, Latrobe Lifeskills was approached by Latrobe University to build four 6 meter long bars. These bars are intended for the celebration of La Trobe University’s 50th Anniversary in March 2017. Participants have done an amazing job at constructing the first of the bars. They’re thrilled to be involved, and continue to master new skills along the way.

“The quality of work the done is top notch. Our customer has seen the finished bar and is amazed by and really excited about our work.” – David Johnson, Latrobe Lifeskills Participation Support Worker.

Left to right of Hon David Feeney MP (Federal Member for Batman), Michael Conti (Participant), Robin Abedi (Participant) and David Johnson (Latrobe Lifeskills’ Participant Support Worker) in the Lifeskills Workshop working on the pallet furniture.

On another plus side, the bar building project also happens to tie in with the Green Gown Awards Australasia.

The Awards are open to all Universities in Australia and New Zealand. Latrobe Lifeskills are Finalists in the Community Engagement section. In conjunction with Latrobe University, Latrobe Lifeskills has been recycling and repurposing packing pallets into furniture. To date, Latrobe Lifeskills have repurposed over 50 pallets making and selling furniture such as tables and stools, outdoor furniture bars and vertical herb gardens.


Latrobe Lifeskills staff and Participants are proud of our achievements thus far and are looking forward with anticipation as to where the Workshop Carpentry activities would take us into 2017.

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