INTERFACE COUNCILS ENCOURAGED BY STATE BUDGET COMMITMENTS
The Interface Councils group is pleased to see the investment of $50 million into the Growing Suburbs Fund (GSF) promised for the year 2019/20. This is the fifth consecutive year the Andrews Government has supported the growing suburbs with a total investment of $250 million.
Like previous years, this investment will have a significant and positive impact on the daily lives of people living in the Interface Councils. Already more than 161 projects have been funded.
“We are pleased to see that the Government is committing to this vital investment across the Interface Councils Region, said Mayor of Hume City Council, Cr Carly Moore.
“These dollars will go a long way to providing the social infrastructure needed for healthy communities, including for new places for our communities to get together to mitigate the impacts of social isolation.”
New investments will undoubtedly help to close the liveability gap that exists between Melbourne’s inner and outer suburbs and improve people’s quality of life day to day.
Longer term funding commitments and continual investment in services and infrastructure are needed to improve liveability, health and wellbeing across the ten Interface Councils.
The Interface Councils group is also pleased to see key investments in:
Public transport: upgrades to the Sunbury, Cranbourne and Hurstbridge train lines; additional train services on the Cranbourne-Pakenham line; new bus services linking Mernda and Craigieburn stations and Donnybrook to Craigieburn; and eight level crossing removals in the region
Education: nine new schools in the Interface Councils Region in Casey, Cardinia, Hume, Melton and Wyndham as well as some school upgrades
Health: $2.3 million for the first stage of a new Melton hospital; the construction and expansion of ten community hospitals in Craigieburn, Cranbourne, Pakenham, Sunbury, Eltham, Point Cook and Whittlesea; new early parenting centres in Casey, Whittlesea and Wyndham
Open spaces: a ring of new parkland in the outer suburbs including Cardinia Creek South Parklands and Clyde Regional Park
General liveability measures: $3.5 million to revitalise Broadmeadows’ town centre
These measures will help to make sure people living in Melbourne’s outer suburban communities have the infrastructure they need to access quality services and employment.
Interface Councils is a group of ten municipalities that form a ring around metropolitan Melbourne, comprising Cardinia Shire Council, City of Casey, Hume City Council, Melton City Council, Mitchell Shire Council, Mornington Peninsula Shire Council, Nillumbik Shire Council, City of Whittlesea, Wyndham City Council and Yarra Ranges Shire Council.
Interface Councils Media Contact: Zoe Forbes, email@example.com or 03 8317 0111