The Andrews Labor Government has delivered a further $2.75 million for community infrastructure projects across the Yarra Ranges Shire through the Growing Suburbs Fund (GSF).

Member for Monbulk James Merlino visited Upwey today to announce a $1.25 million GSF grant for a redevelopment of the Burrinja Cultural Centre.

The centre is a significant community hub in the Dandenong Ranges which uses art to facilitate social bonding and inclusion.

The site features multiple gallery spaces and artists’ studios, a significant collection of Indigenous and oceanic art, 400-seat theatre, black box space, kids ‘stay and play’ art activities, and rehearsal and meeting spaces.

The $2.5 million project will create a unified indigenous community facility with improved internal layout for better usability, visibility and patron flow.

Works include major refurbishments to the building, including the foyer and circulation space, artist studios, social gathering area, a gallery space, alongside the delivery of a new kitchen, café venue and foyer bar and accessible public amenities.

Other GSF funded projects in Yarra Ranges under the latest funding round include:

  •        $1 million toward a major upgrade to the Monbulk Community Sports Pavilion, which serves local sporting tenants and 14 local community groups. The upgraded pavilion will provide a multipurpose community space that will attract additional user groups to access the facility and place greater emphasis on supporting female participation in sport.
  •        $500,000 towards the delivery of the Queens Park Healesville District Playspace, designed to deliver a creative, imaginative and educational playspace in Healesville.

The Monbulk Community Sports Pavillion project is a $3.4 million project with broader works also including gender equitable change rooms, showers and amenities, first aid and medical rooms, gymnasium, canteen, community and room, commercial kitchen, office and multipurpose space.

The GSF aims to improve the amenity, liveability and resilience of communities in Victoria’s 10 interface councils on Melbourne’s fringe.

The latest $50 million 2017-19 Growing Suburbs Funding round will deliver 40 projects across Melbourne’s outer suburbs.

Quotes attributable to Member for Monbulk James Merlino

“The Burrinja Cultural Centre is a great part of the Upwey community and it’s great to be able support these much-needed restorations.”

“This is a place where all members of our diverse, vibrant community can come together and develop long-lasting bonds from a young age.”

“The Monbulk Community Sports Pavilion is the culmination of years of hard work from many people in our community and it is great   announce we can complete the project.”

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