The first program of its type in Victoria, the Community Revitalisation Program aims to address disadvantage among Victoria's culturally and linguistically diverse residents, providing opportunities to train, find meaningful work, and own their own businesses.

22 February 2018

The Community Revitalisation Program is focused on helping long-term unemployed and women with pre-school age children by providing access to secure employment, high quality training including English language classes, TAFE and university courses, mentoring and study support.

$650,000 in funding from the Victorian Government will place 150 Mooney Valley residents in sustainable jobs, and 50 students will undertake school-based traineeships with Victoria Police and the health sector.

The project will draw on job opportunities provided by the government’s major pipeline of infrastructure projects, including the Metro Tunnel, and by forging partnerships with local businesses and sporting clubs, opportunities will be created that provide meaningful work and build communities.

Hadia Komba with her mother and sister in her Flemington public housing flat in Melbourne. Photo: ABC News: James Hancock

Hadia Komba with her mother and sister in her Flemington public housing flat in Melbourne. Photo: ABC News: James Hancock

The Brotherhood of St Lawrence has partnered with Jobs Victoria on the project, assisting tenants of the Flemington housing estate to train and get job ready. Residents wishing to own and operate their own businesses will be supported in their endeavours, with at least 20 new resident-owned and operated businesses planned.

These initiatives support residents to overcome the hurdles of language and disadvantage, find work and eventually own their own businesses. For residents like Haida Komba, whose family hopes to one day open a restaurant showcasing their Comorian cuisine, this will be a great boost to the community and provide pathways to self-sufficiency.

The project will be managed by a local board supported by the Moonee Valley Council and will include representatives from Victoria Police, local businesses and government agencies responsible for major projects.

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