Backyard Blitz by Insurance House

Murray Human Services Blog


Late last year our Workers Compensation team, led by Mark Farrugia, got in touch with our clients, Murray Human Services, and offered some Insurance House manpower to assist a community-driven project.

On January 25, 2018, members of both our Workers Compensation team and Echuca office accepted an invitation from Murray Human Services to create a sensory garden for the residents of Burke House.

Burke House is home to six residents with disabilities where Murray Human Services staff empower residents to live as independently as possible.


Ready for the long days work
Melinda, Tailah, Danielle and Sharon ready for a big day ahead.


In sizzling 38 degree heat, our 11 volunteers demonstrated tremendous teamwork, determination, and grit to not only complete the project but finish it ahead of schedule.

The residents of Murray Human Services walked through their new sensory garden after completion to judge the efforts of both Insurance House and Murray Human Services. The verdict came back unanimous, All the residents were ecstatic and overwhelmed by their new garden environment!

This left the team with one final job for the day, to kick off their work boots and revel in their achievements alongside the Burke House residents.


Working hard
Working hard in the garden bed.


When asked about the experience Mark Farrugia had this to say “It was such a rewarding experience for the team to brighten the day of the residents and to understand that if we work together we can achieve anything.”​

​​​​​​Inspired by the project, Insurance House has committed to making this an annual event. From Scott Alexander, CEO of Murray Human Services, “We are so grateful to have the support of local businesses. This is an exciting and new development in our partnership with Insurance House. The group has very kindly offered for this to be an annual event on their teams' calendar.”

To read the full story as published in the Riverine Herald on the 26th January, click here.

Finished product
The new sensory garden with fire pit and garden bed.




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