Minister for Local Government Natalie Hutchins today visited Whittlesea Council to discuss the community’s priorities for the $50 million Interface Councils Infrastructure Fund.
Ms Hutchins met with the Council’s representatives, ahead of the final selection of funded projects due to be announced in October.
The Fund, secured in the 2015-16 Victorian Budget, fulfilled the Andrews Labor Government’s promise to establish a dedicated fund to invest in Melbourne’s outer suburbs.
Residents in the Whittlesea area will benefit from the Fund, which can be used to help build multipurpose facilities, community centres, playgrounds or other spaces needed by the community.
The Fund will support suburbs within the ten Interface Councils, which are set to host the highest proportion of Victoria’s population growth over the coming decades.
The 10 Interface Councils are: Cardinia Shire Council, City of Casey, Hume City Council, Melton City Council, Mitchell Shire Council, Mornington Peninsula Shire Council, Nillumbik Shire Council, City of Whittlesea, Wyndham City Council and Yarra Ranges Council.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government Natalie Hutchins
“Our $50 million Interface Fund – the first of its kind – will help ensure that Whittlesea keeps up with the rapidly growing needs of the community.”
“We’re making sure that the projects that people in Whittlesea need get built.”
Quotes attributable to Member for Yan Yean Danielle Green
“The Whittlesea community is like no other and faces its own set of unique challenges. I know how important the community spaces funded under the Interface Fund will be for local residents.”