Residents in the Yarra Ranges will gain $1.6 million in funding from the Andrews Labor Government to build and improve community projects as population in the area grows.

The funding is part of the $50-million Growing Suburbs Fund (GSF), designed to provide crucial facilities to Melbourne’s fast growing outer suburbs. More of these projects will be announced over the next week.

This is in stark contrast to the Liberals’ thought bubble population plan to move Melburnians to the regions. We are putting our fast growing outer suburbs first providing them with the projects and facilities they need.

Thirty-four community projects were funded across our growing outer suburbs as part of last year’s GSF, which included family and community centres, town centres, parks and reserves and playgrounds based on the needs identified by Councils.

The successful projects to be funded and announced today by the 2016 GSF in Yarra Ranges Shire are:

  • $1,000,000 for the Upwey Tecoma Community Recreational and Sporting Hub
  • $500,000 for the Belgrave South Community Sports Pavilion
  • $125,000 for the Changing Places toilet facility project in Yarra Glen

In 2015 the Yarra Ranges Shire received $3,032,000 toward the delivery of four projects; the Lillydale Lake playground upgrade, the Montrose Town Centre facility, the Belgrave Community Hub and the Kimberley Reserve Active Living Hub.

The 10 interface councils eligible for funding are; Cardinia, Casey, Hume, Melton, Mitchell, Mornington Peninsula, Nillumbik, Whittlesea, Wyndham and Yarra Ranges.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government Natalie Hutchins

“We were elected to put people first, and we’re doing that by making sure our fast growing outer suburbs are provided with first class facilities to ensure there liveability.”

“The Liberals ignored their needs for four years. In contrast, we’re supporting these growing communities with parks, playgrounds, sporting facilities and community centres.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Monbulk James Merlino

“Over the last two years we have been getting on with the job and building the infrastructure upgrades that make our state so liveable.”

“These project announced today, will make a real difference to communities in the Yarra Ranges.”

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