The Growing Suburbs Fund (GSF) is a $425 million investment over 8 years in critical local infrastructure in Melbourne's diverse and fast-growing outer suburbs.

In the recent 2022-23 State Budget, the Victorian Government announced $50 million in funding for the Growing Suburbs Fund to continue to support the infrastructure needs of interface and peri-urban communities.

In the 2021-22 GSF, 43 projects have been funded with a total project cost of $163.46 million to support community infrastructure projects across Melbourne's interface and peri-urban councils.

Since its establishment in 2015, the Growing Suburbs fund has supported 299 projects representing a total infrastructure investment of $1.078 billion.

Projects that received funding from 2021-22 GSF funding round have been approved by the Minister for Local Government, are listed in the table below.

CouncilProject NameGrant Amount
Bass Coast Shire CouncilInverloch to Wonthaggi Trail$3,000,000
Baw Baw Shire CouncilBaw Baw Civic Precinct Stage 1$3,500,000
Cardinia Shire CouncilGarfield North Community Centre Cannibal Creek Reserve
Main Street Pakenham Revitalisation
Eastern Dandenong Ranges Trail Connection
$1,300,000
$1,000,000
$200,000
Casey City CouncilGwendoline Children's Centre Upgrade
Ray Bastin Reserve Redevelopment Project
Tooradin Public Hall Upgrade
Myuna Farm Pavilion Improvements that support People living with Disabilities
$926,000
$1,600,000
$350,000
$351,105
Golden Plains Shire CouncilRokewood Community Hub and Pavilion Upgrade$3,500,000
Hume City CouncilSunbury Park Upgrade
Westmeadows Shopping Precinct Upgrade
Valley Park Community Centre
Progress Reserve Redevelopment Stage 1
Village Green (Rolling Meadows) Playspace Upgrade
Forrest Street Playspace Upgrade
$350,000
$189,750
$1,000,000
$650,000
$256,000
$260,000
Macedon Ranges Shire CouncilRiddells Creek Leisure Centre Multi-Purpose Room Expansion$230,000
Melton City CouncilCobblebank Community Services Hub
Earlington Square Reserve Upgrade
Navan Park Upgrade
The Parkway Reserve Upgrade
Bridge Road Recreations Reserve Stage 2
$4,000,000
$450,000
$560,297
$650,000
$800,000
Mitchell Shire CouncilGreenhill Reserve Playspace Project
Wallan Central Cycle and Nature Trail Project
Ryans Creek Reserve Activation Stage Two
Chittick Park Accessible Playspace Project
$110,000
$800,000
$900,000
$750,000
Moorabool Shire CouncilBallan Library & Community Hub Project$3,500,000
Mornington Peninsula Shire CouncilSomerville to Baxter Shared Path$3,000,000
Nillumbik Shire CouncilDiamond Hills Preschool Redevelopment Project
Hurstbridge Men's Shed Project
$2,915,117
$364,352
Whittlesea City CouncilCommunity Energy Transition Program
Worchester Park Bushfire Regeneration
South Morang Precinct Improvements
Patterson Drive Community Centre
Huskisson Reserve Pedestrian and Cycling Access
Plenty Ranges Arts and Convention Centre
$250,000
$275,000
$425,000
$2,000,000
$325,000
$225,000
Wyndham City CouncilManor Lakes North Family Centre
Black Forest Road South Community Centre
Truganina Community Centre
$1,000,000
$1,300,000
$4,000,000
Yarra Ranges Shire CouncilWesburn Park Pump Track
Climate Resilient Buildings for our Community
Glenvalley Reserve Playspace
Carmen Reserve Playspace
$470,000
$1,500,000
$129,000
$129,000

Who is Eligible?

The 10 interface and 6 peri-urban councils were eligible to apply.

  • Interface councils:  Cardinia Shire Council, Casey City Council, City of Whittlesea, Hume City Council, Melton City Council, Mitchell Shire Council, Mornington Peninsula Shire Council, Nillumbik Shire Council, Wyndham City Council, Yarra Ranges Shire Council.
  • Peri-urban councils: Bass Coast Shire Council, Baw Baw Shire Council, Golden Plains Council, Macedon Ranges Shire Council, Moorabool Shire Council,  Surf Coast Shire Council.

The fund was expanded in June 2020 to cover peri-urban councils that face similar population growth and infrastructure challenges as the Victoria’s interface councils.

As a group, the interface and peri-urban councils comprise of 31.4 per cent of Victoria's population. For over two decades, population growth in these areas has exceeded the State's average, and this trend is expected to continue with around 900,000 additional residents expected to be living in the interface and peri-urban areas by 2036.

Further information

For more information on GSF, please contact:

Sector Investment
Local Government Victoria
0411 752 071
GSF@ecodev.vic.gov.au