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Community Grants Test

A vacant site is being transformed into a thriving community produce garden with the help of a $15,000 grant from resource and water management company SUEZ.

TRY Australia has been invited by the City of Greater Dandenong to lead the conversion of disused land on Halpin Way, Dandenong, into a productive, educational and visually appealing community produce garden. The grant will contribute to the establishment of the garden, which will promote health, wellbeing and community cohesion. It will also provide valuable learning opportunities around sustainable horticultural practices, gardening skills and different cultural food and cooking experiences.

Bradley Frohnert General Manager – Manufacturing & Enterprises, said that the project presents an ideal opportunity for the organisation to collaborate with key community groups, including the local South Sudanese community, to create an inclusive environment.

“The project will enable us to empower the Dandenong community and to provide opportunities for the disadvantaged young people taking part in our TRY Build program,” 
Bradley said.

“Students will benefit through hands-on building and construction experience in creating furniture, garden beds and converting shipping containers into teaching hubs and storage, with the broader benefits enjoyed by the local community,” 
Bradley added.

Visiting  the garden site with Bradley Frohnert, Nathaniel Bryant, State General Manager – Victoria, SUEZ, was impressed with the progress. 

“The garden has the potential to be a vibrant community hub, with a whole range of sustainability, gardening, cooking and social opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds,” Nathaniel said.

“It is wonderful to see the integration of smart and sustainable water and waste management techniques on site, and the focus on bringing the community together to learn and grow.”

The garden is set to operate over a period of three years, with in excess of 20,000 people expected to visit the garden or become actively involved.

Applications are now open for the 2019 SUEZ Community Grants Program, which is in its sixth year delivering funding to organisations and projects across Australia that enhance and strengthen sustainable communities.

To find out more information about the program please visit the Community Grants page.

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