The Growing Suburbs Fund (GSF) is a $200 million investment over four years in critical local infrastructure for communities in Melbourne's diverse and fast-growing outer suburbs.
GSF has already brought forward critical community infrastructure priorities since its introduction in 2015, and delivered projects that improve the amenity, liveability and resilience of interface communities, support connections, enhance services and provide local jobs.
It has funded local infrastructure such as family and community centres, town centre and civic revitalisation projects and open space and amenity improvements in 10 of Melbourne's changing and fast-growing outer suburbs.
These 10 interface councils are: Cardinia, Casey, Hume, Melton, Mitchell, Mornington Peninsula, Nillumbik, Whittlesea, Wyndham, and Yarra Ranges.
As a group, the interface councils on Melbourne's urban fringe have been experiencing significant population growth over the last two decades, with growth consistently doubling the state's average. This is expected to continue with more than 1 million additional residents expected to be living in Melbourne's urban fringe by 2031.
GSF grants are targeted towards high priority community infrastructure projects that contribute to:
- Stronger, more resilient and liveable interface communities
- Improved local economic conditions in Melbourne’s interface communities
- Improved capacity for councils to respond to changing community needs and demands
Applications for the 2018-19 funding round closed on 9 July 2018.
The projects that have been successful in receiving funding are set out below.