The state government will spend $ 170,000 to turn a vacant lot of land on Penrose Promenade, Tarneit into a community garden that Pacific residents will help look after.
Suburban Development Minister Shaun Leane joined Tarneit MP Sarah Connolly and community leaders last week to announce the news.
The garden will offer raised plant beds, a barbecue, sheds and water tanks.
The funding will also support a range of cultural events to raise awareness of the garden and build relationships with the Pacific community.
Pasifika community member Tonya Toi said: “We are proud to work with local and state authorities to create a large public garden for Tarneit residents and to have the opportunity to share a part of Pacific culture with the wider community.”
Work on the garden is expected to be completed in 2022.
Mrs. Connolly said she could not wait to see the garden up and running.
“This investment in Tarneit’s strength and future will enhance the opportunities for culturally and linguistically diverse groups that contribute so much to their communities,” she said.
The state government has also invested $ 2.5 million in Tarneit through the Suburban Revitalization Program, including a mural in the Tarneit Gardens Shopping Center, improved backlighting, and employment programs.
Leane said the initiative would help make the western suburbs “an even better place to live, work and visit – to provide vibrant public spaces, community-connecting programs and local job opportunities”.