$4 MILLION IN GOVERNMENT FUNDING FOR CITY OF WHITTLESEA

The Victorian Government today announced over $4 million in funding for a new pavilion and urban streetscape improvements in the City of Whittlesea.

Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny, representing Minister for Local Government Marlene Kairouz, today announced funding for both initiatives as part of the Victorian Government’s Growing Suburbs Fund.

The Growing Suburbs Fund is a $200 million investment over 4 years in critical local infrastructure in Melbourne’s diverse and fast-growing outer suburbs.

The Harvest Home Road Community Pavilion project received $2,800,000 in funding, with an additional $250,000 contribution from Sport and Recreation’s Female Friendly Funding Program. The Urban Streetscape Improvements project also received $1,450,000 from the Victorian Government.

The Harvest Home Road Community Pavilion will incorporate club operations and activity space for the communities of the Epping North Growth Corridor, with a multi-purpose community social room with access to canteen and kitchen, a terraced all-weather veranda, toilet and shower facilities, a committee office and first aid room.

The Urban Streetscape Improvements initiative is the second project being funded. This will involve upgrading public spaces along High Street Thomastown with the creation of a pedestrianised civic space including seats, paving, bins, landscaping, drinking fountains and bike racks.

Both projects will be delivered by the Whittlesea City Council, which has contributed $2.5 million towards the Harvest Home Road Community Pavilion upgrade and $1,450,000 towards the Urban Streetscape Improvements project.

Since 2015 the Whittlesea City Council has received more than $19 million from the Victorian Government’s Growing Suburbs Funding for 15 projects in the region. More information on the Growing Suburbs Fund is available at: https://www.localgovernment.vic.gov.au/grants/growing-suburbs-fund

Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government Marlene Kairouz

“The Victorian Government’s Growing Suburbs Fund provides crucial community infrastructure and is delivering results for local communities”

“The Victorian Government’s Growing Suburbs Fund is helping fast growing communities get the vital community facilities they need so they can continue to thrive as their population increases.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny

“It’s great to see the Victorian Government’s Growing Suburbs Fund delivering projects such as these which are providing vital services to growing communities.”

“The Growing Suburbs Fund supports the creation of community connections, enhanced services, and provides greater opportunities at the local level.”