State Member for Yan Yean Danielle Green today opened the first of three rejuvenated playgrounds for Whittlesea – at Parkedge Boulevard in Mernda –  thanks to a $167,000 grant from the Andrews Labor Government’s Growing Suburbs Fund (GSF).

The $334,000 Playground Renewal Program gives local families and young people the opportunity to socialise, be active and spend time outdoors in the beautiful green spaces which Whittlesea offers.

The Labor Government has worked in partnership with the City of Whittlesea – who also contributed $167,000 – to bring these local playgrounds to life.

The GSF is a four-year $200 million Labor Government initiative which provides much-needed local infrastructure for communities in Melbourne’s most diverse and fast growing outer suburbs like Mernda.

Projects in Whittlesea have received more than $19 million from the GSF, including the Painted Hills Recreation Reserve and Community Soccer Centre Redevelopment, the Mill Park Leisure Centre Redevelopment, the Regional All Abilities Playspace, and the Thomastown Main Street Community Pavilion Redevelopment.

The government has also announced a further $50 million for the GSF for the upcoming financial year, as part of its 2018-19 State Budget.

The GSF targets high priority projects that improve the liveability of communities in Victoria’s 10 interface councils on Melbourne’s fringe.

Quotes attributable to Local Member for Yan Yean Danielle Green

“Parks are important spaces for bring the community together and helping children to learn through play – that’s why we’re funding these upgrades.”

 “These rejuvenated playgrounds will give families in Whittlesea places to come together, be active and have fun.”