GROWING SUBURBS FUND DELIVERS FOR MITCHELL SHIRE

A major multi-million upgrade of Kilmore’s main street, rejuvenating public spaces in Broadford including the Memorial Park playground and a new connecting path in Wallan will be made possible thanks to a funding boost from the Andrews Labor Government.

Labor Member for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes and Member for Yan Yean, Danielle Green today announced that three key projects in Mitchell Shire are among 32 successful projects to be funded from the latest round of the Growing Suburbs Fund.

The Fund is delivering $50 million towards community facilities, enhanced services and greater opportunities in Melbourne’s 10 rapidly growing interface councils.
Mitchell Shire Council projects to receive a share of over $4.8 million are:

  • Kilmore Rejuvenation – $ 2,423,550 to deliver of the first phase of a major upgrade of Kilmore’s main retail strip. The project will benefit locals, visitors and small businesses by making-over the central section of Sydney Street with enhanced seating, greenery and pedestrian safety.
  • Taylors Creek Shared Path – $1,688,050 for a shared pathway linking western Wallan with the town’s central area, shops and schools. The connection project will involve the installation of seating, lighting and BBQ facilities.
  • Broadford Parks and Play Spaces – $720,000 to upgrade the Memorial Park with new playground equipment and to further activate the Old Police Paddocks and the Broadford Common.

A total of $19.1 million across 20 projects in the Mitchell Shire has been delivered from the Growing Suburbs Fund over the last five years.

The Shire has submitted the funding based on feedback from community consultation and structure planning.

Under the Andrews Labor Government, the Growing Suburbs Fund has now supported a total of 193 projects, invested $250 million and leveraged a combined investment of $665 million, creating more than 6750 jobs.

A list of all 32 successful projects for 2019-20 and additional information on the Growing Suburbs Fund is available at localgovernment.vic.gov.au/grants.

Quotes attributable to Member for Yan Yean Danielle Green
“The investments in Mitchell Shire this year show how the Growing Suburbs Fund is working with council and the community to deliver better parks, playgrounds and shopping strips.”

“Better access for the growing Wallan community ensures residents can more easily walk and cycle but also enjoy the lovely outdoor spaces Wallan has to offer.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes

“As someone who lives, works and is raising kids in the Mitchell Shire, I am thrilled to be working with the council to deliver these priority community projects.”

“I know how much young families value their outdoor spaces and playgrounds – the need for upgraded play equipment at Broadford’s Memorial Park is a project that locals have continually asked me to deliver.”

“Revamping Kilmore’s Sydney Street will enhance the centre of town both economically and socially, as well as encourage further investment attraction.”

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