On 24 November 2020, the Minister for Local Government, the Hon Shaun Leane MP announced a further $50 million from the 2020-21 Victorian Budget towards the Growing Suburbs Fund. This announcement will bring the total investment in 2020-21 to $75 million.
The investment will help deliver critical local community infrastructure needs for Melbourne’s diverse and fast-growing outer suburbs. The additional funding in 2020-21 will boost the local economy and support local tradespeople, businesses and suppliers. The program is positioned to quickly respond to the pressures being experienced by interface and peri-urban communities by bringing forward local community facilities that will make a big difference in the day-to-day lives of outer suburban families.
Since 2015 the Growing Suburbs Fund (GSF) will have invested $325 million in critical infrastructure for Victoria's fastest-growing councils.
Who is Eligible?
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.
Together, the interface and peri urban councils are home to 30.4 per cent of Victoria’s population, or 2.7 million people.
Guidelines for Applicants
The fund will prioritise “shovel-ready” projects that will have immediate economic and social impact.
Guidelines for the 2020-21 Growing Suburbs Fund – Round 2 will be available soon with successful projects expected to be announced in April 2021.
There are several different types of projects that are eligible for the GSF. They include:
- Community centres, including health centres and libraries
- Multi-use sports pavilions and facilities
- Parks and playgrounds
- Streetscape upgrades