Green Valley Gardens launch - ExxonMobil funded program

Latrobe Valley students launch a new garden

On Tuesday 31st October, Latrobe Valley Flexible Learning Option in partnership with Latrobe City Council, and VicHealth officially launched their new urban garden as part of the Green Valley Gardens initiative.

Latrobe Valley Flexible Learning Option provides an alternative education option for disengaged youth in the Latrobe Valley. This ‘urban agriculture’ project aims to build positive, constructive relationships between young people and community groups while improving the mental health and wellbeing of the participants through hands-on learning at the Green Valley Gardens location.

The vacant area of land within the school grounds will be transformed into a community vegetable garden with the help of Conservation Volunteers Australia and community volunteers with funding support from Esso Australia Resources Pty Ltd and BHP Billiton Petroleum Pty Ltd, the Gippsland Basin Joint Venture companies.

“We have had a long association with Conservation Volunteers Australia and are pleased to be able to support a project that will not only deliver educational outcomes but also deliver environmental benefits to the community” said Dilip Bapat, Esso’s Replacement Pipeline Project Manager.

“Esso has recently completed replacing a pipeline that runs from Longford to Hastings, which also traverses the Morwell area. Being able to contribute to meaningful projects in the local community is a small gesture we can make to thank the community for their ongoing support,” he added.

Student Harry and Mayor Kellie O'Callaghan cut the ribbon

Student Harry and Mayor Kellie O’Callaghan cut the ribbon of the new garden in Morwell.

The vision of the project is for students to

  • build their practical skills and confidence
  • improve their literacy and numeracy skills
  • build strong relationships with community groups
  • feel empowered to contribute to their local community through participating in positive learning experiences
  • understand that learning can be fun and exciting


Conservation Volunteers Australia run projects all across the country connecting people with their environment. We welcome people with a love of the outdoors and interest in the environment to get involved. Our volunteers include students, professionals, international visitors, retirees, in fact almost anybody can get involved. You don’t need any prior skills or experience, just a reasonable level of health and fitness. Local community members who would like to find out more, please contact Samantha Hallo at [email protected]

The Flexible Learning Option Program is supported by Conservation Volunteers Australia, Esso Australia Resources Pty Ltd and BHP Billiton Petroleum Pty Ltd, in consultation with VicHealth and Latrobe City Council.