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CIT Floristry's Rising Sun Gallipoli Tribute to Shine at Goulburn Rose Festival

Published: 11 Mar 2015

It was the stunning floristry work at the 150th birthday celebrations of Goulburn by Canberra Institute of Technology that first impressed and inspired the Goulburn community. Now, 14 CIT floristry students and staff will create major displays for the 100th year since the landing at Gallipoli for the Goulburn Rose Festival.

CIT floristry students and staff will construct the arrangements in situ at the Goulburn Soldiers Club, interweaving the city's very own City of Goulburn Rose - a close match for the military gold of the Rising Sun badge - with Australian natives, to create a striking floral mural to help the community reflect and remember.

They will also construct smaller arrangements for a Soldier On display using insignia and memorabilia supplied by the charity, and a display at the venue's entrance.

"After receiving such positive feedback from the community for our Victorian-themed Goulburn cathedral displays in 2013, we were sought out and asked if we could please come and create some specialist displays for the festival," CIT floristry teacher Hazel Davies said.

The festival is a major annual attraction for the 'city of roses.' But not one rose will remain in Goulburn's numerous famed garden beds during the festival - they will all be picked for the floral displays.

CIT floristry teacher Hazel Davies says the task is huge, but an important experience for the students.

"It's a florist's job to be involved in the most important occasions in the community, in the national calendar and in people's lives. This opportunity is giving them important real world experience around one of the busiest national occasions - Anzac Day."

"To participate, the students are coming in on a non-class day, some from considerable distances, including the Snowy Mountains and the South Coast, but they are all very excited to be involved in this," she said.

The students' participation will form part of their assessment for the unit 'Building public thematic displays for special events' as part of the Certificate III in Floristry.

The displays will be constructed at the Goulburn Soldiers Club, 15 Market Street, between 1pm and 3pm, Friday 13 March.

The festival opens Saturday 14 March.


Media enquiries:
Deborah Nesbitt, phone (02) 6207 8218 or 0402 398 612, or email deborah.nesbitt@cit.edu.au.

Course enquiries:
Canberra Institute of Technology, phone (02) 6207 3188 or email infoline@cit.edu.au