The Minister for Local Government announced on Thursday 3 September that $2.25 million dollars has been allocated to the redevelopment of the Flinders Civic Hall from the State Government Growing Suburbs Fund.
The FCA warmly acknowledges the strong support of Cr David Gill in getting us to this point. Without his input it is unlikely that real progress would have occurred so quickly.
We also thank Chris Brayne, the member for Nepean, for supporting Council’s grant application.
The latest round of consultation between the Mornington Peninsula Shire and the community is about to start. While necessarily being delivered on-line, this will involve circulating the revised floorplan, room layout, elevations and renders.
Apart from the Growing Suburbs Fund, Council funding will be needed from the MPS Long Term Capital Works Plan Allocation. Down the track additional funding sources will also be explored.
The full media release reads as follows:
03 September 2020
The Victorian Government will upgrade and expand pavilions, playgrounds, community centres and other infrastructure in Melbourne‘s fastest growing suburbs – delivering the facilities that locals need and supporting jobs and business through the coronavirus pandemic.
Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane today announced 28 projects will receive a share of $25 million from the newly expanded Growing Suburbs Fund.
The investment will help deliver $90.3 million worth of new infrastructure with the investment expected to create more than 700 jobs – kickstarting our economy and supporting local tradespeople, businesses and suppliers.
The projects include $2.5 million for a new Community Pavilion in Diggers Rest, $2.25 million for the Flinders Civic Hall redevelopment and nearly $1 million for the Princes Highway Trail in Cardinia Shire.
The investment will also improve and expand childrens centres in Hampton Park, Thomastown and Kilmore, skate parks in Craigieburn and Upwey, and a range of other local projects that will be needed as these communities grow.
Urban fringe councils were eligible to apply for the fund for the first time, with five grants awarded including $2.5 million for the Cowes Cultural and Community Centre, $2.5 million for the Darley Park Community and Sports Centre and $500,000 for the Longwarry Early Learning Centre.
The investment complements the Victorian Government’s $2.7 billion Building Works package, which includes over $278 million in shovel-ready infrastructure projects across the state to be delivered through local councils.
Since its establishment in 2015, the Growing Suburbs Fund has facilitated $755 million worth of local infrastructure works, creating 7,500 jobs.
For the full list of successful projects, visit localgovernment.vic.gov.au/grants/growing-suburbs-fund