Investing in growing suburbs


Melton council has been announced as one of eight local government areas to receive a share in $9 million from the state government’s Growing Suburbs Fund.

Suburbs Minister Sonya Kilkenny announced the 14 projects to receive funding on Wednesday, March 27, including $2 million for Melton council’s new open space precinct in Aintree which will include state of the art facilties, all-abilities playspaces, an off-lead dog park, fitness trail, skate park and soccer fields.

“Whether it’s parks, play spaces, sporting or health facilities, we’re delivering important infrastructure for communities in some of our fastest growing suburbs,” she said.

“We’re investing in these growing suburbs, to ensure they remain great places to call home, where communities can thrive.”

The projects are positioned within areas representing 23 per cent of Victoria’s population, all of which have witnessed growth surpassing the state average over the last two decades.

Mitchell, Hume, Cardinia, Mornington Peninsula, Whittlesea, Wyndham, and Casey City councils were also awarded funding towards a variety of projects through the fund.

The Growing Suburbs Fund represents a $435 million state government investment over nine years to provide critical local infrastructure.

With the 2023-24 allocation, the fund has now supported 360 projects.