After the launch of the Springvale Street Marker an afternoon tea was held at the Springvale Neighbourhood House to celebrate all that had been achieved. Merle Mitchell spoke about the history of the project: Today we celebrate the achievements of a project which began as a small community project and grew into a project of national significance
The Spirit of Enterprise Project is currently working on a Trail of Significant Sites, which include sites of organisations which played an important role in the settlement of the newcomers. All of these sites will have some form of public and physical acknowledgement of their importance to the eventual resettlement of many thousands of people.
The site of the former Enterprise Migrant Hostel has become the Lexington Gardens Retirement Village. With their support a Tribute Garden with 200 rose bushes, a large digiglass sculpture and a commemorative sea has been established. People asked that the garden be somewhere peaceful where they could bring their families and future generations to tell their stories. This became the start of the Spirit of Enterprise Trail of significant sites.
Following the closure of the exhibition at Springvale the community lobbied for a permanent exhibition. This was not practical but the Victorian Multicultural Commission agreed to fund a website which would contain the exhibition and all the background research material.
A large number of people attended the official opening of the exhibition at the Historical Society on the 23rd of April 2009. Again it was former residents who spoke – Seda Douglas, Manuel Napoleon and Evelyn Eadiewho at the last moment was unable to attend and sent the following message:
The launch of the Exhibition was a truly extraordinary event. The community had enthusiastically supported the concept right from the start but the launch brought together people who had not seen each other for decades and the excitement was palpable.