Getting on with projects in our growing outer suburbs

Overview

Minister for Local Government media release 5 May 2015.


Melbourne’s suburbs are the fastest growing in Australia. Ten local councils make up our outer suburban interface, but they are struggling to keep up with the rapid growth.

That’s why the Andrews Labor Government is building more projects for families in growing areas, and helping councils and community organisations reduce the pressure on strained services.

The 2015-16 Victorian Budget provides $50 million for an Interface Councils Infrastructure Fund. The Fund will assist local councils to undertake a range of projects that will make a big difference in the day-to-day lives of outer suburban families.

The Interface area covers

  • Cardinia Shire Council
  • City of Casey
  • Hume City Council
  • Melton City Council
  • Mitchell Shire Council
  • Mornington Peninsula Shire Council
  • Nillumbik Shire Council
  • City of Whittlesea
  • Wyndham City Council
  • Yarra Ranges Council

The Fund builds on other local government investments, including support for public libraries, the management of roadside weeds and pests, and $1 million for a much needed review of the Local Government Act 1989.

As part of the review, the Labor Government will modernise the relationship between state and local government. This will include strengthening compliance and councillor standards and the reduction of unnecessary red tape for councils.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government, Natalie Hutchins

Our outer suburbs are the fastest growing areas in Australia and we’ll help councils keep up with the growth.”

Councils and communities can use the $50 million Fund for multi-purpose facilities, community centres, playgrounds – anything that local families need.”

“These projects will make a big difference in people’s day-to-day lives, and we’ll help local councils and communities deliver them, because they understand local issues best.”

“Our review of the Local Government Act will also provide clearer guidelines for councils across Victoria. Travelling around the state and speaking to councils and communities, I know how much this review is needed.”