The Andrews Labor Government is giving Victoria’s growing suburbs the support they need to plan for the future and build great local facilities.

Member for Western Metropolitan Region Kaushaliya Vaghela today opened the Building Communities Symposium in Werribee.

The symposium, presented by the Victorian Local Governance Association and the National Growth Areas Alliance, was attended by local councillors, council staff and other sector representatives.

In addressing the conference, Ms Vaghela outlined the importance of community infrastructure for bringing communities together to connect, access services and participate in social activities.

With around 800,000 people expected to move to Melbourne’s outer suburbs in the next 15 years, the Labor Government has committed to investing a further $50 million in these growth areas to build and upgrade new community facilities through the Growing Suburbs Fund. 

The additional investment means the Labor Government has now invested more than $250 million in the Growing Suburbs Fund, with more than 161 projects already funded or built, including new parks, play equipment, community centres and walking tracks.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government Adem Somyurek

“We’re investing to meet the needs of our growing state, supporting local councils to deliver the infrastructure and services people need.”

“The Growing Suburbs Fund is delivering new parks, playgrounds, sports centres and community centres across Victoria – this boost will enable councils to do even more for their communities.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Western Metropolitan Region Kaushaliya Vaghela

“We’re partnering with councils to help build Victorian communities with initiatives like the Growing Suburbs Fund, which has seen $18.6 million invested to build 16 community projects in Wyndham alone.”