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Project Funding on the Cards for Growing Suburbs

Growing suburbs across Melbourne’s north could benefit from potential State Government funding after Whittlesea Council applied for seven community project grants totalling over $8 million.

The projects have been proposed in the latest round of the State Government’s Growing Suburbs Fund. This fund is open to 10 councils across Melbourne’s rural/urban interface, including the City of Whittlesea.

In a press release, Mayor Lawrie Cox said, “The Growing Suburbs Fund helps Council provide essential infrastructure and facilities that our residents expect and deserve.

“These projects will make a big difference in the day-to-day lives of our communities which are growing rapidly,” Cr Cox said.

Applications have been submitted for the following projects:

  • Whittlesea Community Skate Park Activation – $375,000
  • Mernda Village Adventure Park Development – $500,000
  • McLeans Road Kindergarten Upgrade – $500,000
  • Community Energy Efficiency Program – $750,000
  • Streetscape Improvement Program – Stage 2 & 3, Lalor – $1.5 million
  • Whittlesea Public Gardens Revitalisation – $2 million

Council has also applied for $2.5 million to develop Quarry Hills Regional Parkland. This sprawling and spectacular park sits right at the doorstep of the future Riverhills community. Plans for upgraded facilities and expansion of the park will further enhance the natural landscape that surrounds the estate.

Council will match funding for each project and successful applications are expected to be announced next year.