Member for Monbulk James Merlino today opened the Belgrave Community Hub, thanks to $1.723 million from the Andrews Labor Government.


The $9.4 million project has delivered a focal point for essential services in the Dandenong Ranges, including allied health, family and children services, youth services, dental services, aged care services, and emergency relief.


The Belgrave Community Hub contains multi-purpose community meeting rooms, consulting rooms, office accommodation, kitchens, an outdoor play space, landscaping, and associated car parking.


Essential community and health services will be delivered by Inspiro, Yarra Ranges Shire and the Dandenong Ranges Emergency Relief Service.


This project is supported by a $1.723 million contribution from the Labor Government, including $723,000 from the Growing Suburbs Fund and $1 million from the Community Infrastructure Fund. Yarra Ranges Council contributed $3.865 million, the Australian Government contributed $3.835 million, and Inspiro contributed $250,000 and a contribution of land.


The Growing Suburbs Fund has also contributed to local projects such as the Upwey-Tecoma Community Recreational and Sporting Hub, Lilydale Lake Playground Upgrade, Kimberley Reserve Active Living Hub, Belgrave South Community Sports Pavilion, Eastern Ranges Regional Facilities Upgrade and Changing Places – Yarra Glen.

The Growing Suburbs Fund targets high priority projects that improve the liveability of communities in Victoria’s 10 interface councils on Melbourne’s fringe.

The $150 million Growing Suburbs Fund has delivered $8.3 million to Yarra Ranges Shire Council over four years, including $2.75 million for three more projects as part of the 2017-19 funding round.

Quotes attributable to Member for Monbulk

“This is an important project for our community and I am glad to see it finally completed.”

“This project will improve community connections, enhances services, and provides greater opportunities our local community.”

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