Council welcomes Growing Suburbs Fund announcements

Issued Wednesday 27 December 2017

Council welcomes Growing Suburbs Fund announcements 
Member for Dandenong Gabrielle Williams with Councillor Rosalie Crestani and kindergarten teacher Jenni Hunt at the funding announcement at Chalcot Lodge Kindergarten earlier this month. 

The City of Casey has welcomed the news that it has successfully secured funding towards seven projects through the Growing Suburbs Fund (GSF), which will allow Council to fast-track the delivery of these much-needed projects.

The State Government has announced funding towards the following seven Casey projects:

  1. Ramleigh Estate Family and Community Centre, Clyde North
    Project cost: $5.42m, GSF funding: $1.185m, Council contribution: $4.23m, (further funding application still pending)

  2. Jack Thomas Reserve Pavilion Development, Narre Warren North
    Project cost: $3.56m, GSF funding: $1.78m, Council contribution: $1.68m

  3. Lawson Poole Reserve Multi-use Pavilion Development, Cranbourne
    Project cost: $3.19m, GSF funding: $1.595m, Council contribution: $1.59m

  4. Sweeney Reserve Softball Pavilion Development, Berwick
    Project cost: $2.42m, GSF funding: $1.21m, Council contribution: $1.11m, (further funding application still pending)

  5. Hunt Club Family and Community Centre Redevelopment, Cranbourne East
    Project cost: $2.01m, GSF funding: $1.005m, Council contribution: $1.005m

  6. Marriott Waters Family and Community Centre Redevelopment, Lyndhurst
    Project cost: $1.18m, GSF funding: $590,000, Council contribution: $590,000

  7. Chalcot Lodge Children’s Centre Redevelopment, Endeavour Hills
    Project cost: $750,000, GSF funding: $375,000, Council contribution: $375,000

City of Casey Mayor Cr Geoff Ablett thanked the State Government for their contribution and said Council looked forward to bringing these projects to fruition.

“The funding will be put to good use improving some existing sporting and community facilities that are in urgent need of upgrades and building new spaces for our growing communities,” Cr Ablett said.

“Council applied for almost $10m in funding through the 2017/19 GSF, and we’re pleased to have been successful in seven out of eight applications.

“The GSF is a much-needed funding source for growth area councils like Casey to help us deliver the infrastructure that our community need and deserve.

“Council welcomes these funding announcements and will continue to advocate to the State and Federal Governments to further invest in this region, particularly in transport infrastructure to get traffic moving so residents can enjoy the facilities and services we deliver.”

The Mayor added that growth Councils like Casey were disappointed the GSF had been halved in the last State Budget to $25m.

Council will continue to urge both sides of politics to commit to long term funding of the GSF in the lead up to the next election.

Project details

Ramleigh Estate Family and Community Centre, Clyde North
The project includes the design and construction of a new integrated family and community centre to deliver kindergarten, Maternal and Child Health (MCH) services and community programs and activities, to a new and growing community.

Jack Thomas Reserve Pavilion Development, Narre Warren North
Currently Jack Thomas Reserve is inadequate to service participation growth and future regional demand for soccer facilities. The construction of a new pavilion will support participation, provide a welcoming environment and improve health and wellbeing outcomes.

Lawson Poole Reserve Multi-use Pavilion Development, Cranbourne
This project includes the construction of a new district, multi-use pavilion, catering for AFL, cricket and soccer to complement two new soccer fields and two existing AFL/cricket ovals. This will support the home clubs to increase participation and attract new members.

Sweeney Reserve Softball Pavilion Development, Berwick
This project will deliver a new softball pavilion at Sweeney Reserve to replace outdated facilities, increase accessibility and safety for users and facilitate higher participation.

Hunt Club Family and Community Centre Redevelopment, Cranbourne East
This project will deliver an additional kindergarten room, extend an existing kindergarten room and redevelops the existing community space and MCH area. This will increase the capacity of the centre to meet demand for Council services such as kindergarten, MCH consultations and programs, and a variety of community activities.

Marriott Waters Family and Community Centre Redevelopment, Lyndhurst
The project includes adding a large community room with kitchen and courtyard, a flexible consulting/meeting room and public wi-fi at the centre to meet demand for community services and programs now and into the future.

Chalcot Lodge Children’s Centre Redevelopment, Endeavour Hills
The redevelopment will include improvements to the kindergarten space, convert the old MCH rooms to multi-purpose, intergenerational community spaces where people meet, learn, play and socialise, and create a new outdoor play area. This will allow Council to accommodate the steady enrolments we are seeing at this facility.