A new purpose-built facility to help seniors maintain their independence, meet friends and stay connected is on the way thanks to the Andrews Labor Government’s Growing Suburbs Fund.

Member for Yan Yean, Danielle Green, representing Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane, today turned the first sod for the new Mernda Social Support Services Facility.

The project received $1.24 million from the 2020-21 round of the Victorian Government’s Growing Suburbs Fund, which supports the creation of community connections, enhanced services, and greater opportunities for local communities.

The new facility will provide a safe space for seniors who are frail, living with a disability, memory loss or limited mobility to socialise and participate in activities.

With three activity rooms, the centre will offer a range of programs and classes to help its users improve their overall health and wellbeing.

The $2.48 million project will be delivered by the City of Whittlesea, which has contributed $1.24 million funding from council towards the project.

Since 2015 the Growing Suburbs Fund has invested more than $33.5 million in Whittlesea for twenty-nine projects.

More information on the Growing Suburbs Fund is available at:

Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane

“The Growing Suburbs Fund provides crucial community infrastructure and is delivering results for local communities.”

“The Growing Suburbs Fund is helping to keep communities connected with vital facilities like the Mernda Social Centre so that older citizens can continue to thrive.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Yan Yean Danielle Green

“It’s great to see the Growing Suburbs Fund delivering projects like the Mernda Social Centre, providing a fantastic service for seniors in our community.”

“This program supports the creation of community connections, enhanced services, and provides greater opportunities for everyone in Melbourne’s fastest-growing areas.”