Mitchell Shire and Whittlesea councils can now apply for funding to fast-track community facility projects, with the opening of the Victorian Government’s 2019-20 Growing Suburbs Fund (GSF).

Minister for Local Government Adem Somyurek announced the opening of the latest funding round this week, with a further $50 million in grants available for projects that improve amenity, liveability and resilience in the outer suburbs.

The Labor Government is investing $250 million over five through the GSF into supporting critical community infrastructure in Melbourne’s 10 interface councils, which face future challenges such as population growth and changing demographics.

State MPs Danielle Green and Jaclyn Symes encouraged Mitchell Shire and Whittlesea councils to apply for grants to bring forward the delivery of works to build or improve family and community centres, town centres, parks and reserves and playgrounds.

Since its establishment in 2015, the GSF has supported 161 projects, representing a total infrastructure investment of $520 million and creating over 5000 jobs in Melbourne’s diverse and fast-growing urban fringe.

Ms Green and Ms Symes said the GSF has already contributed more than $14.3 million to Mitchell Shire and more than $24.1 million to Whittlesea Council for vital projects, including:

  • Wallan Town Centre ($2.19 million)
  • Wallan East Early Learning Centre ($2.17 million)
  • Ryan’s Creek Reserve, Kilmore ($1 million)
  • Greater Beveridge Community Centre ($2.14 million)
  • Wallan Adventure Playground ($950,000)
  • Whittlesea Swim Centre Refurbishment ($312,000)
  • Doreen Soccer Centre ($3.27 million)

This year the GSF guidelines have been updated to ensure gender equality is a factor in the selection process, to support projects which build on the Victorian Government’s commitment for gender diversity across all sectors.

More information on how to apply at:

Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government Adem Somyurek

“The Growing Suburbs Fund brings forward vital projects that will improve the day-to-day lives of outer suburban communities which are in a rapid state of growth and change.”

 “We’re getting on with helping councils deliver better facilities for their communities, and I’m excited to see what innovative projects this latest round of grants can help deliver.”

 Quotes attributable to Member for Yan Yean Danielle Green 

“It’s great to see the Victorian Government work with local councils, such as Mitchell Shire and Whittlesea, to help growing communities respond and thrive in the face of future challenges.”

 Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes 

 “The population in some of Melbourne’s outer suburbs is expanding at unprecedented rates, and the Growing Suburbs Fund ensures current and future generations will have access to the modern facilities they need.”