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 2022-23 GSF, 47 projects have been funded with a total project cost of $148.38 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 346 projects representing a total infrastructure investment of $1.227 billion and has created over 11,340 jobs.

Projects that received funding from 2022-23 GSF funding round have been approved by the Minister for Local Government and are listed in the table below.

CouncilProject Name and Grant Amount
Bass Coast Shire Council
  • Anderson Street Reserve San Remo- Open Space Master Plan: $517,000
  • Bass Coast Rail Trail - Wonthaggi Precinct: $388,000
  • Rhyll Foreshore Playspace Stage 2: $235,000
Baw Baw Shire Council
  • Queen Street, Warragul Streetscape Project: $673,962
  • 3-5 Rollo Street Yarragon - Community Open Space Reserve: $1,528,132
Cardinia Shire Council
  • Upper Beaconsfield Community, Sport and Scout Pavilion Project: $3,350,000
  • PB Ronald Reserve public toilet upgrade: $400,000
Casey City Council
  • Fairhaven Family & Children's Centre Renewal: $135,000
  • Camms Road Maternal and Child Health Centre Renewal: $131,600
  • Hampton Park Community House Renewal: $938,884
Golden Plains Shire Council
  • Inverleigh Active Youth Space: $1,487,587
  • Bannockburn Skate Park Upgrade: $805,000
Hume City Council
  • Grand Boulevard Reserve - Active Open Space Development: $2,000,000
  • Craigieburn Community Centre R2: $3,244,412
Melton City Council
  • Parks Development Program - Barwon Street Reserve, Taylors Hill: $250,000
  • Parks Development Program - Hillside Recreation Reserve Park and Play Space, Hillside: $400,000
  • Parks Development Program - Blackwood Drive Recreation Reserve, Melton South: $500,000
  • Weir Views Community Centre: $1,500,000
  • Plumpton Community Centre and Neighbourhood House: $1,500,000
  • Aintree Community Centre: $1,500,000
Mitchell Shire Council
  • Kilmore Senior Citizens Centre Redevelopment and Accessibility Upgrade: $830,000
  • Kings Park Play Space Upgrade: $200,000
  • Wandong Community Centre Redevelopment: $720,000
Moorabool Shire Council
  • Aqualink Activity Nodes: $671,470
  • Bacchus Marsh Racecourse Recreation Reserve Community Pavilion: $3,229,928
Mornington Peninsula Shire Council
  • Alexandra Park Community Health Hub: $2,900,000
  • Olivia Way New Playground: $246,997
  • Hillview Community Reserve Activation: $2,600,000
Nillumbik Shire Council
  • Ryans Reserve Rejuvenation Project: $1,190,837
  • Diamond Valley Library Outdoor Space Revitalisation Project: $438,243
  • Diamond Creek Community Recreation Park: $2,163,424
Surf Coast Shire Council
  • Barwon River Loop Walk (Stage 2): $330,000
Whittlesea City Council
  • Mill Park Reserve Connecting Shared Trails: $475,000
  • Riverside Community Activity Centre and Reserve Upgrades: $500,000
  • Epping Community Services Hub Refurbishment: $375,000
  • Community Energy Transition Program (GSF 2022-2023): $250,000
  • Whittlesea Township Park Connecting Community through Improved Access: $500,000
Wyndham City Council
  • Fortitude Drive Reserve Family Recreation Space: $908,000
  • Presidents Park Community Events Space: $320,000
  • Galvin Park Football Cricket Community Pavilion Redevelopment: $2,000,000
  • Jamieson Way Community Centre and Reserve Master Plan Project: $2,000,000
  • Alfred Rd Reserve Family Recreation Space: $1,428,400
Yarra Ranges Shire Council
  • Queen Road Playspace Renewal: $100,000
  • McKenzie-King Playspace Renewal: $150,000
  • Bluegum Reserve Playspace Renewal: $150,000
  • Wright Avenue Playspace Renewal: $100,000
  • Morrison Reserve Youth Activation: $2,600,000

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