Colours from Nature Byron Community College

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Colours from Nature

Colours from Nature
Assessments are made against units of competency.
  • Use simple and highly familiar spatial information for work (FSKNUM006)
  • Participate in familiar spoken interactions at work (FSKOCM003)

This course has no current classes. Please the waiting list.

This course will introduce you to local and traditional plants which provide a harvest of dye or fibre materials and teach you how to grow your own.

Learn cultivation and management techniques for growing these abundant and useful species. This short course will focus on planting and managing the dye and fibre garden. A must for those serious about sustainable fashion and basketry.

Course participants will learn about a range of herbs and shrubs suitable to grow in the local area for extracting dye, and will even get a chance to have a go at dying something of their own.

What you will learn:

  • Propagation techniques
  • Soil preparation
  • Weed control
  • Compost maintenance
  • Sowing and caring for flowers and onions from seed
  • Protocols and legal requirements for wild collection of native plants
  • Division and planting of native rushes and sedges
  • Planting and management schedules for bulbs seasonally
  • Join the movement to change the way we make and buy clothes.

Entry Requirements

  • There are no formal entry requirements for this skill set.
  • Learners must not have successfully completed more than one unit of competency attached to this course listed under Units of Study Required for this Skill Set

Course Duration & Hours

  • Classes are delivered face to face
  • 5 days of classroom onsite learning 9:00am – 3:00pm
  • 5 week duration
  • Delivery location: Mullumbimby Campus/Mullumbimby Community Gardens

Course Fees

Course Fees are fully subsidised for eligible students, a resource fee applies to all enrolments.

  • ACE Program Fee: $0* (plus resource fee of $80) - most NSW residents are eligible for this subsidised fee!
  • Full Fee: $250 (plus resource fee of $80)

This training is subsidised by the NSW Government.

*Student eligibility for ACE Program fee

To be eligible for government subsidised training through the ACE Program, you must:

  • Be an Australian citizen, permanent resident or humanitarian visa holder, or a New Zealand; and
  • Live or work in New South Wales; and
  • Be aged 15 years or older;
  • No longer be at school or equivalent; and
  • Provide the College with your USI at the time of enrolment (admin staff can assist you in obtaining a USI); and
  • Have not successfully completed the units listed under '**Assessments are made against units of competency for this course.** Refer to the top of this page.

For more information or to find out if your are eligible for the $0 fee call our office on 02 6684 3374.

What to bring

  • Pen and paper
  • Own lunch and refreshments
  • Gardening gloves
  • Work boots
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Protective clothing


From the 1st of January 2015, any student enrolling in an Accredited Training course will be required to obtain a USI. The USI helps to keep your training records and results together in an online account which is controlled by you. You can logon to the "USI website": and follow the simple instructions online to create your USI. This then needs to be provided to the College at the time of enrolment.

Important Information

Once your enrolment is completed you will receive a confirmation email. This email will be your receipt and inform you of the dates, time and venue of your course, it will also let you know of anything you need to take to class with you. Please make sure that you give us a valid email address and mobile number as any course changes will be communicated via sms or email.

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