Growing Suburbs Fund (GSF)

A $200M investment is available from the Growing Suburbs Fund to assist Local Councils respond to rapid growth, by delivering important community infrastructure projects for local residents.

Growing Suburbs Fund

Growing Suburbs Fund

The Growing Suburbs Fund (GSF) (formerly the Interface Growth Fund) is a dedicated fund to support the infrastructure needs of interface communities which are experiencing pressure on strained facilities and services. It will bring forward critical community infrastructure priorities, delivering projects that improve the amenity, liveability and resilience of interface communities, support connections, enhance services and provide local jobs.

It will fund local infrastructure such as family and community centres, town centre and civic revitalisation projects, open space and amenity improvements.

 

Background

The Victorian Government recognises that Melbourne’s interface councils are diverse and are home to some of the city’s most vulnerable communities. They play a critical role in supporting Victoria’s population growth and economy, contain productive rural land and are responsible for 90 per cent of Melbourne’s Green Wedge areas.

As a group, the interface councils on Melbourne’s urban fringe have been experiencing significant population growth over the last two decades, with growth consistently doubling the state’s average. This is expected to continue with more than 1 million additional residents living in Melbourne’s interface by 2031.

The Global Suburbs Fund (GSF) will be delivered in coordination with other government infrastructure investments in interface communities. It is overseen by the Minister for Local Government and administered by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP).

 

Objective

The 2018-19 Growing Suburbs Fund (GSF) will contribute to meeting critical local infrastructure needs for communities in Melbourne’s changing and fast-growing outer suburbs. It is positioned to quickly respond to the pressures being experienced by interface communities by accelerating infrastructure projects that will make a big difference in the liveability and resilience of these communities.

Grants will be targeted towards high priority community infrastructure projects that contribute to:

  • stronger, more resilient and liveable interface communities
  • improved local economic conditions in Melbourne’s interface communities
  • improved capacity for councils to respond to changing community needs and demands.

 

Funding

The Growing Suburbs Fund (GSF) is a $200 million investment over four years in critical local infrastructure for communities in Melbourne’s diverse and fast-growing outer suburbs.

 

Eligible Projects

The 2018-19 Growing Suburbs Fund (GSF) will fund new, expanded or upgraded infrastructure 2 projects within Melbourne’s ten interface councils.

The 2018-19 Growing Suburbs Fund (GSF) will fund a mix of projects that have a direct benefit to communities across the following broad infrastructure categories:

  • community health, well-being, and social interaction
  • early education, and learning and training
  • sport, recreation, and leisure facilities that support multi use purposes
  • environmental and climate change resilience
  • placemaking, civic amenity, and community connecting.

All infrastructure projects must commence construction within 12 months of the grant being announced and must be completed within three years from the start of construction.

The commencement of construction does not include early site works such as drainage, service connection or earthworks.

 

Eligible Applicants

The 2018-19 Growing Suburbs Fund (GSF) is open to Melbourne’s ten interface councils.

The ten interface councils are: Cardinia, Casey, Hume, Melton, Mitchell1, Mornington Peninsula, Nillumbik, Whittlesea, Wyndham, and Yarra Ranges.

Melbourne’s interface councils are diverse and are home to some of the city’s most vulnerable communities. They play a critical role in supporting Victoria’s population growth and economy, contain productive rural land and are responsible for 90 per cent of Melbourne’s Green Wedge areas.

As a group, the interface councils on Melbourne’s urban fringe have been experiencing significant population growth over the last two decades, with growth consistently doubling the state’s average. This is expected to continue with more than 1 million additional residents living in Melbourne’s interface by 2031.

While only interface councils can apply for funding and enter into a funding agreement with the department, not-for-profit or private sector organisations are encouraged to partner with these councils to put forward proposals for the 2018-19 Growing Suburbs Fund (GSF) .

Applicants should review these guidelines to confirm their eligibility.

 

Timing

Applications close 9 July 2018.

 

More Information

 

Previous Recipients

Projects funded by the 2016 Growing Suburbs Fund are:

• THE $3 million Hume Global Learning Centre Sunbury, to be built on the site of the existing Sunbury Library

• TWO million dollars for the Aston Recreation Reserve Development in Craigieburn for a pavilion, playground, cricket practice facilities, ground lighting and landscaping

• THE Boardman Reserve Upgrade in Sunbury which gets $490,000 for a new playground, shelter and seating, athletics track upgrade and car parking

• ACCESSIBILITY at four community facilities in Bulla, Gladstone Park, Meadow Heights and Campbellfield will be upgraded for $230,000

• NEW $400,000 pavilion for the Sunbury Lawn Tennis Club

• $2.5 million for Caroline Springs Leisure Centre extension

• STAGE 2 of the Burnside Multipurpose Community Centre at a cost of $1 million

• CONSTRUCTION of a $500,00 Scout Adventure Activity Centre in Burnside Heights Recreation Reserve

• $190,900 to connect the Melton Botanic Gardens to the Toolern Creek Trail

• KENSWICK Drive Reserve Upgrade project in Hillside to get $194,000 for seating, shelter, a playground, trees and landscaping

• PARKLAND for the Civic Drive Development in Greensborough costing $950,000 to include play equipment, paths, seating, picnic and barbecues

• THE Research Park Pavilion Redevelopment which gets $650,000 for two more changerooms for female athletes and also to update umpire changerooms

• EXTRA $500,00 for the Edendale Community Environment Farm Infrastructure Enhancement Project in Eltham for environmental education, events and community use

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