Community partnerships turn Vivid’s dust bowl into a garden

By Lachlan Durling

VIVID participants at the High St location have a brighter looking garden thanks to community partnerships with Nestle and Echuca-Moama Men’s Shed.

What was previously just dust and sand out the back of Vivid Living has been transformed with turf and a self-watering vegetable garden.

The local disability organisation received more than $12,000 through Nestle’s Community Program to breathe new life into its backyard, which included the donation of about 30 used pallecons - more commonly known as plastic tubs.

“Vivid has a great relationship with Nestle after they supported our seed to plate program in 2015,” Vivid chief executive Scott Alexander said.

“So when we applied for their community program they were more than willing to participate in the complete overhaul of our outdoor space.

“It was a dust bowl prior to this and in great need of some TLC – it has never looked this good.”

The funds have been used to lay new turf from Coolabah Turf at the site as well as purchase materials including soil and plants.

The space will be maintained by Vivid staff and participants through a range of programs currently offered at the Vivid Living site.

“We have about 120 people at this High St site who will be able to use this space to learn about healthy lifestyles,” Scott said.

“We were thrilled when Nestle came back to us and suggested the use of the pallecons, we were previously looking to purchase planters so that donation was greatly appreciated.”

Nestle’s Daryl Coutts said with Nestle’s target to reduce waste, the donation of the pallecons was a win-win.

“It has been great continuing the relationship with Vivid and seeing the program develop throughout the year,” he said.

“And we have to say thank you to the Men’s Shed – we couldn’t saw off the pallecons as well as they did.”