A Funding Win for Local Whittlesea Projects
31 January 2020
Key local amenities across Whittlesea are set to receive a boost, with more than $6.8 million in State Government funding provided to Whittlesea Council for five key local projects.
Quarry Hills Regional Parkland, Whittlesea Public Gardens, Whittlesea Community Skate Park, McLean’s Road Kindergarten and the Lalor Streetscape Upgrade project were all successful in receiving funding as part of the 2019-20 Growing Suburbs Fund.
The Growing Suburbs Fund provides funding for critical local infrastructure for some of Melbourne’s most diverse and rapidly growing outer suburbs, from Casey to Wyndham, Whittlesea to Cardinia.
For Whittlesea residents, this latest funding announcement will mean that key projects can go ahead, benefiting locals across the region.
Quarry Hills Regional Parkland Development
With the funding, the 400ha Quarry Hills Regional Park is set to expand, with construction to include access roads, wetlands, playground and fitness stations. This sprawling parkland sits right on the doorstep of Riverhills, offering future residents unrivalled tranquillity and access to stunning natural amenity.
Whittlesea Public Gardens Revitalisation
Funding will see the gardens brought up to major community and national park standards, providing a significant recreation space the whole region can enjoy. Priority works will include a play space, social gathering space and other public amenities.
Whittlesea Community Skate Park
This upgrade will include street skate and park elements, a refurbished BMX track and improve overall accessibility to encourage participation from a broader range of age groups and ability levels. It should be a great space once complete for local kids to enjoy.
McLean’s Road Kindergarten Upgrade
Given Whittlesea’s booming population over recent years, and even greater projected future growth, this upgrade project will address the need for an additional kindergarten room for 3 and 4-year-old kindergarten programs in the Bundoora precinct.
Lalor Streetscape Upgrade
Additional funding will see the vision of the Thomastown/Lalor Masterplan. The next stage will include installation of a new community public space, new turning lanes and pedestrian links to improve vehicular flow and pedestrian safety, car park improvements and the planting of new trees.
Since the Growing Suburbs Fund was introduced in 2015, Whittlesea Council has received funding for 24 projects to the value of $31m.