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.
|Council||Project Name and Grant Amount|
|Bass Coast Shire Council|
|Baw Baw Shire Council|
|Cardinia Shire Council|
|Casey City Council|
|Golden Plains Shire Council|
|Hume City Council|
|Melton City Council|
|Mitchell Shire Council|
|Moorabool Shire Council|
|Mornington Peninsula Shire Council|
|Nillumbik Shire Council|
|Surf Coast Shire Council|
|Whittlesea City Council|
|Wyndham City Council|
|Yarra Ranges Shire Council|
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.