Families and dog owners in Mernda won’t have to hang-on for long to see the building of new public toilets at the Mernda Adventure Park, thanks to support from the Andrews Labor Government’s Growing Suburbs Fund.

Local Government Minister Shaun Leane has announced Whittlesea City Council will receive $2.6 million towards five playground and park upgrades from the Growing Suburbs Fund, which helps Melbourne’s rapidly developing interface and peri-urban councils deliver high-quality facilities for their communities.

Relief is at hand for community members who have long advocated for the installation of public restrooms at this site, because the funding includes $150,000 to install new public toilets at the Mernda Adventure Park.

The new facilities will also be easily accessible to dog owners visiting the off-leash dog park, adjacent to the Mernda Adventure Park.

First launched in 2015, the Growing Suburbs Fund has invested more than $36 million to help make thirty-four projects possible across Whittlesea, including the Mill Park Leisure Centre, Quarry Hills Regional Parkland and the Mernda Social Support Services Facility.

Since its establishment in 2015, the Growing Suburbs Fund has facilitated $913.2 million in local infrastructure, created more than 8,880 jobs and supported 253 projects across Melbourne’s fastest-growing areas.

For more information on the Growing Suburbs Fund and other local government grants programs, visit www.localgovernment.vic.gov.au

Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane

“Every Growing Suburbs Fund project we support helps deliver vital facilities, creates jobs and makes a real difference for our fastest-growing communities.”

“Parks and playgrounds are integral parts of our communities and I’m very pleased we’ve been able to make such a significant investment in green space and recreation opportunities for Whittlesea.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Yan Yean Danielle Green

“I’m delighted the Victorian Government has continued its support for our thriving community through park and playground upgrades, like the long-awaited installation of public toilets at the Mernda Adventure Park.”

“We know Mernda is a great place to live, and since 2015 the Growing Suburbs Fund has made it an even better one – these new investments will be great for families, children and everyone in our community.”