The Growing Suburbs Fund (GSF) is a $375 million investment over 7 years that helps deliver critical local community infrastructure needs for Melbourne’s diverse and fast-growing outer suburbs. 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.

In the recent 2021-22 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 previous State Budget, the State Government invested an additional $50.2 million on top of the $25 million provided as part of the stimulus package. This second round of the 2020-21 GSF funded 32 new projects with a total project cost of $158.9 million to support community infrastructure projects across Melbourne's interface and peri-urban councils. A list of the successful projects can be found below.

Since its establishment in 2015, the Growing Suburbs fund has now supported 253 projects representing a total infrastructure investment of $913.2 million.

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.

2020-21 GSF – Round 2


Project Name (Grant amount)

Bass Coast Shire Council

  • Guy Road Shared Pathway Project ($1,400,000)
  • Guide Park Regional Playspace Project Wonthaggi ($350,000)

Baw Baw Shire Council

  • Bellbird Park East Multi-Use Pavilion ($2,000,000)

Cardinia Shire Council

  • Alma Treloar Masterplan Implementation Stage 2 ($180,000)
  • Koo Wee Rup Bowls & Community Hub Construction ($1,647,863)
  • Brunt Rd Integrated Child and Family Centre ($1,500,000)

Casey City Council

  • Pearcedale Recreation Reserve Pavilion Redevelopment ($2,000,000)
  • Woodbine Childrens Centre Upgrade ($610,000)
  • Littlecroft Family and Community Centre ($917,000)

Golden Plains Shire Council

  • Ross Creek Play & Active Rec Upgrade ($450,000)

Hume City Council

  • Mt Holden Trail Development Stage 1 ($500,000)
  • Seabrook Reserve Community Hub ($1,500,000)
  • Merrifield West Southern Community Centre ($2,000,000)

Macedon Ranges Shire Council

  • Macedon Ranges Regional Sports Precinct Stage 1 $3,200,000)

Melton City Council

  • Banchory Green Reserve Upgrade ($352,000)
  • Mt Atkinson Active Open Space Precinct ($2,580,000)
  • Mt Atkinson Children’s and Community Centre ($800,000)

Mitchell Shire Council

  • Activation of Beveridge Recreation Reserve ($750,000)
  • JJ Clancy Reserve Integrated Community Facility Recreation Hub ($3,400,000)

Moorabool Shire Council

  • West Maddingley Early Years & Community Hub ($3,500,000)

Mornington Peninsula Shire Council

  • Southern Peninsula Integrated Youth Services Hub ($4,300,000)

Nillumbik Shire Council

  • Graysharps Road Open Space Precinct Plan Implementation ($2,000,000)

Surf Coast Shire Council

  • Surf Coast Community Wellbeing Spaces Project ($3,500,000)

Whittlesea City Council

  • Kelynack Recreation Reserve Play Space and Multi Play Area Redevelopment ($675,000)
  • Whittlesea Public Gardens – Skate Park and Urban Zone ($650,000)
  • Norris Bank Reserve (West Precinct) ($600,000)
  • Mernda Adventure Park – Public Amenity ($150,000)
  • Redleap Recreation Reserve ($525,000)

Wyndham City Council

  • Lawrie Emmins Reserve Youth and Skate Facility ($1,500,000)
  • Wyndham Cultural Centre Redevelopment ($3,000,000)

Yarra Ranges Shire Council

  • Coldstream Station Activation ($539,680)
  • Chirnside Urban Park ($2,250,000)

Further information

For more information on GSF, please contact:

Sector Investment
Local Government Victoria
0411 752 071