Ms VAGHELA (Western Metropolitan) (17:37): My adjournment matter is directed to the Honourable Shaun Leane, Minister for Local Government, Minister for Suburban Development and Minister for Veterans. This adjournment matter relates to the portfolio responsibilities of local government. Victoria’s fastest growing communities are set to become even better places to live and work thanks to continued support from the Andrews Labor government’s Growing Suburbs Fund. This round of funding is for a total of 32 projects to receive a share of $50 million from the Growing Suburbs Fund, which helps Melbourne’s 16 thriving interface and peri-urban councils deliver high-quality facilities for their communities. Ranging from new playgrounds and parks to community centres, sports pavilions and kindergartens, the fund’s legacy ensures residents in fast-growing areas have the top-quality facilities and opportunities they expect and deserve, while delivering an economic boost.
First launched in 2015, the Growing Suburbs Fund has now invested more than $67 million towards 53 projects in both Melton and Wyndham across Western Metropolitan Region. Since its establishment in 2015, the Growing Suburbs Fund has facilitated $913.2 million in local infrastructure, created more than 8880 jobs and supported 253 projects across Melbourne’s fastest growing area. Two exciting new community facilities for Wyndham will receive a total of $4.5 million in funding: $3 million will help transform the current Wyndham Cultural Centre and a $1.5 million grant will support the new skate park and other facilities at Lawrie Emmins Reserve. Melton City Council will receive $3.38 million towards the Mt Atkinson East Community Hub and Mt Atkinson active space precinct. When complete, the hub will offer a range of facilities for the new community, including a children’s centre with three- and four-year-old kindergarten, maternal and child health services and flexible space for classes and activities.
I note that this week’s budget has announced an additional $50 million to extend the Growing Suburbs Fund for the next financial year. The action I seek from the minister is to provide me with an update on the time lines for this newly announced funding and the recently announced projects and to advise how these projects support employment opportunities for the constituents of the Western Metropolitan Region.