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.
Successful projects funded under the 2022-23 GSF funding round will be published from September 2022.
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.
|Council||Project Name||Grant Amount|
|Bass Coast Shire Council||Inverloch to Wonthaggi Trail||$3,000,000|
|Baw Baw Shire Council||Baw Baw Civic Precinct Stage 1||$3,500,000|
|Cardinia Shire Council||Garfield North Community Centre Cannibal Creek Reserve|
Main Street Pakenham Revitalisation
Eastern Dandenong Ranges Trail Connection
|Casey City Council||Gwendoline Children's Centre Upgrade|
Ray Bastin Reserve Redevelopment Project
Tooradin Public Hall Upgrade
Myuna Farm Pavilion Improvements that support People living with Disabilities
|Golden Plains Shire Council||Rokewood Community Hub and Pavilion Upgrade||$3,500,000|
|Hume City Council||Sunbury 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
|Macedon Ranges Shire Council||Riddells Creek Leisure Centre Multi-Purpose Room Expansion||$230,000|
|Melton City Council||Cobblebank Community Services Hub|
Earlington Square Reserve Upgrade
Navan Park Upgrade
The Parkway Reserve Upgrade
Bridge Road Recreations Reserve Stage 2
|Mitchell Shire Council||Greenhill Reserve Playspace Project|
Wallan Central Cycle and Nature Trail Project
Ryans Creek Reserve Activation Stage Two
Chittick Park Accessible Playspace Project
|Moorabool Shire Council||Ballan Library & Community Hub Project||$3,500,000|
|Mornington Peninsula Shire Council||Somerville to Baxter Shared Path||$3,000,000|
|Nillumbik Shire Council||Diamond Hills Preschool Redevelopment Project|
Hurstbridge Men's Shed Project
|Whittlesea City Council||Community 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
|Wyndham City Council||Manor Lakes North Family Centre|
Black Forest Road South Community Centre
Truganina Community Centre
|Yarra Ranges Shire Council||Wesburn Park Pump Track|
Climate Resilient Buildings for our Community
Glenvalley Reserve Playspace
Carmen Reserve Playspace
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.