Melton seeks growth funds

Melton council plans to seek infrastructure funding from the inaugural $50 million Interface Growth Fund.

Economic development and advocacy manager Michael Tudball said councillors would be given details on five potential projects for the fund at tonight’s council meeting.

“The funding is designed to fast-track the backlog of identified infrastructure,” Mr Tudball said. “[It also] has the potential to free up otherwise committed funds on infrastructure and potentially bring projects forward.”

Councils eligible to apply for funding are Cardinia, Casey, Hume, Melton, Mitchell, Mornington Peninsula, Nillumbik, Whittlesea, Wyndham and Yarra Ranges. The state government has set strict criteria, with no council able to receive more than $10 million funding.

“Melton City Council welcomes the fund,” Mr Tudball said. “We hope for an ongoing commitment in future state budgets.”

Melton MP Don Nardella said the funds would help address the needs of his growing electorate with money for projects that are a priority for the community.

Meanwhile, local government minister Natalie Hutchins said the government and councils hoped new projects would improve amenities and create jobs.

Applications close Friday, July 31.