Minister for Local Government Natalie Hutchins and Member for Melton Don Nardella today announced a $271,000 boost to upgrade one of Melton’s largest parks, Fraser Street Reserve.
Ms Hutchins said this project will help ensure Melton has the facilities and services the community needs.
The works seek to improve the natural features and will include a new playground, exercise stations and a BBQ shelter.
The Labor Government recognises that councils like the Melton are facing a number of challenges with the population expected to jump from 132,537 (as of June 2015), to more than 315,000 by 2036.
The funding is part of the Labor Government’s $50 million Interface Growth Fund (IGF), which is helping outer-suburban communities build family and community centres, town centres, parks and reserves and playgrounds.
Other projects in Melton include $3.5 million for the Pride of Melton town centre project, $1.8 million for upgrading an aged care facility and $750,000 for a new playground, which were all announced last year.
Minister for Local Government Natalie Hutchins said:
“We’re making sure projects that matter to the community are getting built and the Fraser Street upgrade is another example.”
The Andrews Labor Government’s is helping councils in the cities fastest growing suburbs invest in community facilities for local residents, through our $50 million Interface Growth Fund.”
Member for Melton Don Nardella said:
Melton is a culturally diverse and young community with lots of families, so it’s important families have places like Fraser Street Reserve to make use of.”
This is another great investment in Melton and another vote of confidence in our community by the Andrews Labor Government.”
Melton Mayor, Cr Kathy Majdlik said:
On behalf of Melton City Council and the people of our community, I would like to express our sincerest thanks to the State Government for this significant funding announcement.
It’s partnerships like this that enable Melton City Council to deliver quality infrastructure and timely, relevant programs for our residents.
We embrace the opportunity to work collaboratively across all levels of government and appreciate the State Government’s ongoing support and acknowledgement of the outstanding work Council undertakes across the City of Melton.