In Early April, The Hon. Shaun Leane, Minister of Suburban Development paid visit to Brite to discuss the Broadmeadows Suburban Revitalisation program.
This program is a Victorian Government initiative to grow Broadmeadows into a 20-minute city – a city where everything residents need for their day to day lives is easily available and accessible within a 20-minute walk. The program will inject funding into projects within the Broadmeadows community to build it into a vibrant place to live, learn and work.
As part of this program, Brite will receive $935,000 in funding to upgrade and expand our wholesale nursery. This expansion will help Brite operate in a bigger capacity, creating additional employment and training opportunities for people with disability within the Broadmeadows community.
The Broadmeadows Suburban Revitalisation Grant will help us to make improvements which includes:
- Redeveloping the Brite Nursery Precinct
- Increasing the capacity for plant growth and supply to projects
- Employing and additional 14 people with disability or disadvantaged backgrounds within the Broadmeadows community
- Allowing horticulture trainees the ability to undertake job placements
- Creating community-minded programs based around horticultural learning outcomes
- Procuring specialty plant nursery machinery and vehicles
Announcing the Broadmeadows Suburban Revitalisation Grant funding
During his visit to announce the grant funding, Minister Leane addressed the Broadmeadows Suburban Revitalisation Board, local councillors, Brite team members, and members of the Brite board to discuss the program and how it will help to bring growth to the Broadmeadows community.
It was important to Brite to be able to showcase the incredible work our team and students do every day at Brite, and the day highlighted the work of both the Pak and Nursery teams – and it wouldn’t be a Brite event without our Café students showing off their skills!
As members of the Broadmeadows community some of our supported team members had the opportunity to discuss with Minister Leane and the Broadmeadows Suburban Revitalisation Board just how big an impact social enterprises like Brite help to improve their day to day lives.
Thank you to Minister Shaun Leane for taking a tour of our facilities and to the Broadmeadows Suburban Revitilisation Board for your work in supporting projects within the Broadmeadows community. It is an honour to show you the Brite changes our team makes in the lives of people with disability within the Broadmeadows community.