Memorial garden for former student Matthew Goodall

A PROJECT three years in the making is finally in full bloom.

Sydney Technical High School, Bexley, opened its memorial garden on November 9.

Dedicated to ex-student Matthew Goodall, the garden was created by the school to honour the life of one of their best.

Matthew, who graduated 15 years ago, was killed in a helicopter crash while on duty in Indonesia.

He was on deployment in 2005 with the Royal Australian Navy Defence Force.

The school's environment team, student representative council and P&C raised $30,000 for the project.

Matthew's former teacher Julie Carrington said the garden was a significant site for the school.

"It's a very peaceful place, surrounded by different coloured greens, gardenia, swamp lilies and two memorial plaques," she said.

"It took a while, but it's all done."

Trevor Ashley, also a former student of the school, sang to mark the garden's completion.

In honour: Ex-student and Squadron Leader, Herman Wong, who was in the air force cadets with Matthew, opened the school’s memorial garden. Picture: Chris Lane

In honour: Ex-student and Squadron Leader, Herman Wong, who was in the air force cadets with Matthew, opened the school’s memorial garden. Picture: Chris Lane

Picture: Chris Lane

Picture: Chris Lane

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