New POP-UP-PARK for Dandenong16 May 2011
Local communities in and around Dandenong will enjoy the benefits of a new $1 million POP-UP-PARK, thanks to an innovative VicUrban/ Mission Australia partnership, the construction work of young trainees and funding from the Australian and Victorian governments.
Two small sided soccer pitches, a community garden and barbecue make up this recreational facility, which is just outside the Dandenong Railway Station.
A $482,000 Victorian Government Community Support Fund grant complemented $608,000 from the Australian Government Jobs Fund to deliver the project, a key element of VicUrban’s Revitalising Central Dandenong initiative.
A particularly interesting aspect is VicUrban’s use of social procurement to support young unemployed people to work on the project. This was done by partnering with Mission Australia to provide 24 traineeships for disadvantaged and unemployed young people, some of whom have gone on to apprenticeships or full-time employment and all of whom have gained credit towards their Certificate II in Horticulture. Mission Australia will also manage the facility. Through the project VicUrban has demonstrated the sort of benefits that social procurement can help provide to local communities.
Member for South Eastern Metropolitan Region Inga Peulich helped unveil the POP-UP-PARK’s unique soccer surface on 6 May.
Dandenong’s POP-UP-PARK is at the corner of Foster and Robinson streets in Dandenong (outside Dandenong Railway Station).