The Andrews Labor Government is giving the residents of Montrose a better town centre with improved health and community services.

Member for Monbulk James Merlino today officially opened the Montrose Town Centre project, a major community upgrade in the area.

A Growing Suburbs Fund project, the Yarra Ranges Shire Council received $809,000 for the project which has delivered additional rooms to house maternal and child health services and upgraded the existing community centre and library.

The project integrates the library and the community centre under one roof, with a maternal and child health service consultation room, waiting room and community meeting space also included.

Yarra Ranges contributed $941,000 to the upgrade, which also includes improved public toilets, parking and disabled access, with an open space for community events and activities.

The Yarra Ranges Shire has received more than $5.5 million from the Growing Suburbs Fund over the past two years.

The Andrews Labor Government recently announced another $50 million for the Growing Suburbs Fund, allocated over the next two years as part of the Victorian Budget 2017/18.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government Natalie Hutchins:

“All communities need facilities for basic services like libraries and maternal and child health services, which is why we are working with the Shire to fund the new town centre project with the Growing Suburbs Fund.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Monbulk James Merlino:

“This is a fantastic result for the Montrose community, who can now access vital services and facilities in the one place.”

“Residents in the Shire borrow more books and library items than the state average so these changes will be greatly valued here in Montrose.”


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