TEA Gardens local Don Elliott has been fondly described as ‘One of those blokes who just can’t sit still’.
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72 year old Don, a resident of the Estia Aged Care Facility in Tea Gardens, has been putting his time to good use, building an aviary of epic proportions, in Estia’s backyard.
“It’s taken me five months, I started from scratch, but I’m pleased with it,” Don said.
“I didn’t want it just for me, but for the other residents to enjoy, especially coming into summer.”
Don built the aviary using his own money and with help from Home Hardware in Tea Gardens.
“I wanted it to be big, I didn’t want them to be cramped.”
And of course every aviary needs some birds, so enter Tea Gardens Pet Supplies.
Owners Linda Trappitt and daughter Danika were only too happy to supply Don with four birds.
“There’s Dave, the ringneck parrot, Cody a cross ringneck alexandrine parakeet and two quails,’’ Linda said.
“Dave and Cody are both boys, but the quails are a girl and a boy so there’ll be more to come.”
Last week the birds were delivered to Don and quickly made friends with Percy, another parakeet.
But Don’s not quite finished yet, there’s more bits and pieces to be added to the aviary to ensure the birds are happy as larks.
By: Margie TIERNEY