30 years of passion!

30 years of passion!

By Lidia Boque Gousgouni
28 Mar 2018

Deborah Delahunty has been a Horticulture teacher at Wodonga TAFE for 30 years. Like many, she began her career in this field motivated by a passion that she developed from a very young age.

At the age of 14, Deborah started working part-time at a local nursery in the bayside suburb of Hampton. She spent most of her free time expanding her knowledge and skills in plants and horticulture. She attended Burnley Horticultural College 1976-78 and studied Horticultural Sciences.

After completing her studies, Deborah moved to the Border area, where she worked for the Albury Wodonga Development Corporation as a horticulturist at Carramar nursery, which was located along the Howlong Rd.

She first started at Wodonga TAFE as a sessional teacher covering another teacher’s sick leave. However, she was almost immediately put on a contract as a full-time teacher. In 1988 and 1989, she studied to become a qualified teacher through Hawthorn Teachers College who facilitated classes locally at Latchford Barracks.

Deb has contributed in many ways to the Horticulture Department. She has helped to prepare the documentation for audits and vocational accreditation, and she has also developed, raised and nurtured many plants that have been used around the institute gardens or to sale to staff. 

She has been a great advocate for equal opportunities, especially for women in transition programs and VCAL students and she has helped to promote the department by writing many horticultural articles for the Border Mail.

“She is dedicated, persistent and excels at passing into her extensive knowledge and skills” – added Alister, one of Deb’s coworker.

Many things have changed since Deb started teaching at Wodonga TAFE 30 years ago. However, she says she enjoyed every single year spent at the institute. “I’ve really enjoyed being here for 30 years. We do have a lot of fun and we love what we do. I wouldn’t have stayed if I didn’t enjoy it. I work with a great group of people. I couldn’t ask for better” – she explained.

She admits that doing what she loves and having the opportunity to pass on her skills and knowledge to others is a huge satisfaction. “Most people think of horticulture as a hobby, so I get to have all the fun and get paid for it” – she said.



Deborah Delahunty in the Nursery located in the Horticulture building.