William Chisholm, 2, of Harwood was helping out at Harwood Public School’s mill mud fundraiser.
William Chisholm, 2, of Harwood was helping out at Harwood Public School’s mill mud fundraiser. Debrah Novak

Money for mud

A RECORD number of families rolled up to dig deep at Harwood Island Public School's major fundraiser on the weekend, bagging an estimated 1000 bags of mill mud.

Mill mud, an organic by-product of the sugar milling process, is a great soil conditioner and for many gardeners around the Valley, delivery in September each year is much anticipated.

Principal Peggy Eather said it had been a great day with a great show of community spirit.

"It was wonderful to see how everyone worked together on the day," Mrs Eather said.

"I was really impressed by the way the kids dug in."

The money raised this year will fund new play equipment for the school.

"There are still a few bags available and these can be ordered by calling the school on 6646 4213," Mrs Eather said.

The annual Mill Mud Drive has been going for more than 20 years, supported by the Harwood Mill and Refinery who donate the organic matter to the school's P&C.

Meanwhile, the school's new solar panels have been installed and should be operational within weeks when the inverter is due to be installed.



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