2017-19 Applications Now Closed

How to apply

Applications for the 2017-17 Growing Suburbs Fund closed on Thursday 10 August 2017.

Funding Vital Infrastructure for Outer Melbourne Communities

The Growing Suburbs Fund is a $150 million investment over four years in critical local infrastructure for communities in Melbourne's diverse and fast-growing outer suburbs.

It will bring forward critical community infrastructure priorities, delivering projects that improve the amenity, liveability and resilience of interface communities, support connections, enhance services and provide local jobs.

It will fund local infrastructure such as family and community centres, town centre and civic revitalisation projects, open space and amenity improvements.

Successful Funding Outcomes 2017-19

The following grants have been approved under the 2017-19 Growing Suburbs Fund by the Minister for Local Government:

Cardinia Shire Council

  • Cardinia Cultural Centre Redevelopment - $3,000,000
  • Hills Hub - Emerald Community Centre - $1,500,000
  • James Bathe Recreation Reserve - $500,000

Casey City Council

  • Chalcot Lodge Childrens Centre Redevelopment - $375,000
  • Hunt Club Family and Community Centre Redevelopment - $1,005,000
  • Jack Thomas Reserve Pavilion Development - $1,780,000
  • Lawson Poole Reserve Multi-use Pavilion Development - $1,595,000
  • Marriott Waters Family and Community Centre Redevelopment - $590,000
  • Ramleigh Family and Community Centre - $1,185,059
  • Sweeney Reserve Softball Pavilion Development - $1,210,000

Hume City Council

  • Arena Pavilion - $2,015,000
  • McMahon Recreaction Reserve Development - $2,060,000

Melton City Council

  • Aintree Community Hub - $1,000,00
  • Allenby Road Reserve Upgrade - $300,000
  • Arnolds Creek Playspace - $300,000
  • Bill Cahil Reserve Upgrade - $300,000
  • Fraser Rise Community Hub - $1,600,000
  • Hannah Watts Park Upgrade - $600,000
  • MacPherson Park Redevelopment - $2,000,000
  • Melton Central Community Centre Redevelopment - $2,000,000 

Mitchell Shire Council

  • Connecting Wallan Neighbourhoods - Connecting Neighbourhood Families - $225,000
  • Connecting Wallan Neighbourhoods - Wallan Neighbourhood Off-Road Connection - $670,000

Mornington Peninsula Shire

  • Balnarring Civic Court Reserve Master Plan Implementation - $290,000
  • Dromana Preschool Expand and Upgrade Project - $200,000
  • Hastings Streetscape Renewal Project - $1,991,000

Nillumbik Shire Council 

  • Diamond Creek Netball Pavilion - $2,826,025
  • Diamond Valley Sports and Fitness Centre - $2,500,000
  • Eltham Central Precinct Community Sports Hub - $800,000
  • Improving Community Connections in Diamond Creek  - $1,200,000
  • Marngrook Oval Pavilion Development - $416,650

Whittlesea City Council

  • Mill Park Leisure Centre Redevelopment - $2,000,000
  • Regional All Abilities Playspace - $1,000,000
  • Thomastown Main Street Community Pavilion Redevelopment - $2,000,000

Wyndham City Council

  • Saltwater Outdoor Youth Space - $200,000
  • Tarneit Community Learning Centre Transformation - $1,085,850
  • Truganina East Integrated Family Learning Centre - $1,215,000
  • Williams Landing Reserve Integrated Sports and Community Hub - $1,905,000

Yarra Ranges Shire Council

  • Burrinja Cultural Centre Redevelopment, Upwey - $1,250,000
  • Monbulk Community and Sports Pavilion - $1,000,000
  • Queens Park Healesville District Playspace - $500,000

The Interface Councils

Melbourne's ten interface councils are Cardinia, Casey, Hume, Melton, Mitchell, Mornington Peninsula, Nillumbik, Whittlesea, Wyndham and Yarra Ranges.

Melbourne's interface councils are diverse and are home to some of the city's most vulnerable communities. They play a critical role in supporting Victoria's population growth and economy, contain productive rural land and are responsible for 90 per cent of Melbourne's Green Wedge areas.

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 living in Melbourne's interface by 2031.

Guidelines

Growing Suburbs Fund Guidelines (PDF, 2.5 MB)
Growing Suburbs Fund Guidelines (accessible version) (DOCX, 50.8 KB)

GSF Evaluation

An independent mid-term evaluation of the GSF was undertaken in early 2017.

This report card provides a summary of the key findings of the evaluation.

Click here to read the report card (PDF, 586.6 KB)

The Projects

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