Community infrastructure funding announcement

Published on 29 September 2022

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The City of Melton has secured nearly $5.6 million in new funding for community centres and playgrounds from the latest round of the Victorian Government’s Growing Suburbs Fund.

Melton City Council has welcomed the announcement this week. As one of Australia’s fastest growing local government areas, the funds will ensure the delivery of community infrastructure is in line with the city’s growth.

The projects successfully funded this round are new children's and community centres in Aintree, Plumpton and Weir Views, providing families and children access to 3 and 4-year-old funded kindergarten, additional maternal and child health and family and early childhood services, and new play equipment and shade at Barwon Street Reserve, Blackwood Drive Recreation Reserve and Hillside Recreation Park.

Melton City Council has one of the strongest records among all 16 eligible councils for achieving these funding commitments. Over the last eight years, Council has secured more than $47 million from the fund to deliver over $100 million in projects.

Quotes attributable to Mayor of Melton, Cr Goran Kesic:

“Council made it our top priority this grants round to fund new community centres because we know children are better prepared for school when they can go to kinder.

“Our community needs better access to health and human services near to where they live – and quality open spaces that they can enjoy with their family and friends.

“The Growing Suburbs Fund has delivered better community infrastructure for our rapidly growing urban fringes for nearly a decade and I look forward to working with the Victorian State Government on making sure no community is left behind for years to come.

“I would like to express our sincere thanks to the Victorian Government and our local members for their ongoing support through the Growing Suburbs Fund. Partnerships like these are vital for ensuring we continue to achieve positive outcomes for our community.”