On 3 September 2020, the Minister for Local Government Hon Shaun Leane MP announced 28 projects will receive a share of $25 million from the newly expanded Growing Suburbs Fund.

The investment will help deliver $90.3 million worth of new infrastructure with the investment expected to create more than 700 jobs – kickstarting the economy and supporting local tradespeople, businesses and suppliers.

Since 2015, the Growing Suburbs Fund (GSF) has invested $275 million in critical infrastructure for Victoria's fastest-growing councils. This includes:

  • Funding 221 community infrastructure projects
  • Creating more than 7,500 jobs
  • Leveraging more than $755 million in investment.

Expansion

A new $25 million six-month extension to the Fund was announced by the Victorian Government on 3 June 2020.

The fund was expanded to cover six peri-urban councils that face similar population growth and infrastructure challenges.

The ten eligible interface councils are: Cardinia, Casey, Hume Council, Melton, Mitchell Council, Mornington Peninsula, Nillumbik, Whittlesea, Wyndham and Yarra Ranges.

The six eligible peri-urban councils are: Bass Coast, Baw Baw, Macedon Ranges, Moorabool, Golden Plains and Surf Coast Shire.

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 expanded fund has prioritised “shovel-ready” projects that will have immediate economic and social impact.

Guidelines for the 2020-21 Growing Suburbs Fund can be found here.

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

2020-21 Funding Round - Successful Projects

Bass Coast Shire Council

Project Name  GSF Funding AmountTotal Project Value
Cowes Cultural and Community Centre $2,500,000$19,000,000

Baw Baw Shire Council

Project NameGSF Funding AmountTotal Project Value
Longwarry Early Learning Centre$500,000$1,000,000

Cardinia Shire Council 

Project NameGSF Funding AmountTotal Project Value
Princes Highway Trail$989,824$1,979,648

Casey City Council

Project Name GSF Funding Amount Total Project Value
Strong Drive Children's Centre Redevelopment $1,000,000 $1,334,000
Orana Community Place, Early Years Facility $353,000$520,000
Olive Road Sporting Complex - Community Pavilion Redevelopment$1,000,000$2,043,484

Golden Plains Shire Council  

Project Name GSF Funding AmountTotal Project Cost
Golden Plains Youth Hub$271,032$561,752

Hume City Council

Project Name GSF Funding Amount Total Project Value
DS Aitken Reserve Skate Park Upgrade $210,000 $420,000
Melba Avenue Streetscape Upgrade $105,000 $210,000
Coopers Hill Drive Reserve Upgrade $142,500 $285,000
Kirwan Park Upgrade$117,500$235,000

Melton City Council

Project Name GSF Funding Amount Total Project Value
Diggers Rest Community Pavilion $2,500,000 $8,250,000

Mitchell Shire Council

Project Name GSF Funding Amount Total Project Value
Wallan Community Hub $850,000 $1,204,000
Kilmore Family and Children's Centre Expansion        $1,108,644 $3,360,000

Moorabool Shire Council

Project NameGSF Funding AmountTotal Project Cost
Darley Park Community and Sports Centre$2,500,000$3,750,000

Mornington Peninsula Shire Council

Project Name GSF Funding Amount Total Project Value
Flinders Civic Hall Redevelopment $2,250,000 $4,500,000

Nillumbik Shire Council

Project Name GSF Funding Amount Total Project Value
Eltham Leisure Centre Solar Panels and Associated Infrastructure $ 270,000 $ 540,000
Hurstbridge Community Multi Use Facility Upgrade$705,000$1,704,233

Surf Coast Shire Council  

Project NameGSF Funding AmountTotal Project Cost
Torquay Wayfinding Project$175,000$350,000

Whittlesea City Council

Project Name GSF Funding Amount Total Project Value
Mernda Social Support Services Facility $1,240,000 $2,480,000
Mill Park Library Public Surrounds Upgrade $450,000 $900,000
Rochdale Square Neighbourhood Centre Revitalisation $362,500 $725,000
Carrington Children's Centre outdoor learning and playspace upgrade $150,000 $300,000
Community Energy Efficiency Program $250,000 $500,000

Wyndham City Council

Project Name GSF Funding Amount Total Project Value
Tarneit North Masterplan Implementation Project $2,500,000 $26,413,228

Yarra Ranges Shire Council

Project Name GSF Funding Amount Total Project Value
Biomass to Energy Plant - Coldstream Transfer Station $500,000 $1,000,000
Upwey Skate Park $150,000 $300,000
Kimberley Recreation Reserve Community Sporting Pavilion Redevelopment $1,850,000 $4,720,000

Further information

For more information on GSF, please contact:  

Sector Investment
Local Government Victoria
(03) 9948 8536
GSF@delwp.vic.gov.au