Minister for Local Government and Minister for Suburban Development media release - 2 May 2017.
The Andrews Labor Government is working to meet the needs of Victorians living in Melbourne’s growing suburbs.
The Growing Suburbs Fund will receive $50 million over two years to help build important community projects across Melbourne’s outer suburbs.
The Fund is vital in delivering long-term projects and will give councils more time to plan and consult with their communities.
This new investment builds on the existing 76 projects, including new parks, sporting ovals and community centres, already delivered under the Growing Suburbs Fund.
In another boost to local communities, $14.9 million will cover the operational costs of SES units and also assist with long term leases for those located on council land giving them more certainty about their future.
Where councils offer these long-term leases, the Labor Government will cover these charges and maintain the upkeep of the facility. This will cut costs for local councils and give SES units the security they deserve.
Our suburbs will also receive more timely and coordinated delivery of jobs, services and infrastructure. An initial $1 million has been directed to the development and delivery of five-year plans and the establishment of Metropolitan Partnerships across Melbourne.
The Office of Suburban Development will jointly administer the Growing Areas Infrastructure Contribution funding, which is charged to property developers and helps ensure our fastest growing suburbs get better services and more public transport options sooner.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government Natalie Hutchins
“The Fund has helped to meet the immediate needs of our growing suburbs, delivering playgrounds, parks and sports ovals across Melbourne.”
“With a longer-term focus, we’re giving councils more time to consult with local residents and to plan for the future.”
Quotes attributable to the Minister for Suburban Development Lily D’Ambrosio
“Instead of relying on tin-rattling and donations, we’re giving our SES volunteers the security they deserve.”
“Our suburbs are great places to live and work – whether that’s in our cities or in regional Victoria. We’re planning for good jobs and services like schools and health care to keep it that way.”