Launch Housing has created a communal indigenous food and medicinal garden at Viv’s Place in Dandenong, which provides safe, purpose-built housing and support services for women and children escaping domestic violence and homelessness. 
The design and installation of the communal garden was made possible through a South East Water community grant.  The garden now features information boards to help Viv’s Place residents grow and use a variety of indigenous food and medicinal plants.  
Launch Housing Resident Engagement Officer Carl Bennetts said the new garden had become a valuable shared space for 130 women and children who reside at Viv’s Place to connect and learn about sustainability.

"The grant has given new life and purpose to our garden, providing a sustainable supply of natural food and medicinal plants, and an inviting space for our residents and families to explore.
“We’re very thankful to South East Water for the funding, and the collective efforts of the many local residents who worked together to create the garden.”
Launch Housing Resident Engagement Officer, Carl Bennetts

South East Water General Manager Strategy and Stakeholder, Karen Lau said the organisation was proud to support Launch Housing to deliver life-changing support for their residents. 

“We’re pleased to be part of such an important communal and safe space at Viv’s Place for children to learn and play and for women to connect, heal and thrive,” said Ms Lau.

For more information about South East Water’s Community Grants program, visit:

South East Water Graduate Engineer, Tamara Bulatovic and Carly Power from Launch Housing.

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