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Introducing TRY Build

TRY Build combines our programs for young people with the provision of quality, low cost housing for the community.

There are significant pressures on housing affordability, which is leading to increasing levels of homelessness. The population of the Melbourne south-eastern corridor is set to double over the next two decades.

Homelessness compounds other social issues. It raises barriers to education, training, employment and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Youth unemployment, especially in areas such as the south-eastern corridor has reached record levels.

Our Vision

Our TRY Build project will use re-purposed shipping containers, architecturally designed to become attractive, contemporary accommodation units. The TRY Build construction program will give unemployed young people in the south-eastern suburbs an employment opportunity where they will receive industry training and be mentored by accredited, experienced trades people.

With the right partners, this project will give some of our most disadvantaged young people skills and confidence. It will also build relationships, futures and give communities a sense of pride.

Over two decades TRY has built and renovated around 40 properties in the Morwell, Traralgon and Wendouree areas of Victoria, as part of projects funded by state and local governments. 64% of our trainees have found further employment and 5% have returned to education.

We are now looking to repeat and expand on this success in Melbourne’s south-eastern corridor.

Our goal: creating a social enterprise hub

Our immediate goal is to establish a facility that will become a social enterprise hub. It will be a safe place for young people to learn, find strong mentors and create a future through the dignity of work. We are also looking to re-establish our TRY Wood furniture factory, producing bespoke outdoor furniture for parks, playgrounds and streetscapes for local and state governments.

We are establishing a training and social housing production facility at our premises at 15-17 Antonella Court, Dandenong South where we will provide nationally recognised Construction training courses to disadvantaged young people through our Step Up programs .  We are keen to collaborate with anyone who would like partner with us in this exciting social enterprise, helping young people to achieve their potential. For further information, download our Building Positive Pathways brochure or contact:

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Clint Webb

Steven Stonehouse


Construction Trainer

Phone: 0427 690 807

Phone: 0429 522 927




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