Boost for growing suburbs

By Alesha Capone

Wyndham council has been given $6.5 million from the Growing Suburbs Fund, to put towards three major projects.
The Growing Suburbs Fund – a state government initiative – provides money for infrastructure in some of Melbourne’s fastest-growing outer municipalities.
Wyndham mayor Josh Gilligan said he was delighted the council has received $3 million from the fund’s 2019-20 allocation, to put towards the $26.2 million Truganina South East Community Precinct Masterplan.
“The precinct will have an integrated family centre, where families can access kindergarten and maternal and child health services, plus sport and recreation facilities, a sports pavilion and a large reserve where the community can meet for exercise, play dates and picnics,” Cr Gilligan said.
“The community of Truganina is expanding rapidly and that’s why this investment will see local services for local people, right here at home in Truganina.”
Cr Gilligan said Wyndham also received $2 million to help start construction at Tarneit’s Riverdale Multipurpose Community Centre, as part of a $9.1 million project.
“This centre will provide Tarneit with access to early education and care services, including kindergarten rooms, maternal and child health services, consulting rooms, a gathering space for the community, and programs to suit all ages,” he said.
“We were also thrilled to see the Victorian Government awarded us with $1.5 million towards our K Road Cliffs Masterplan, which is half the funding needed to carry out works.”
The council last year approved a masterplan for the cliffs, after investigations found erosion at the site “needs to be rectified as a matter of priority to preserve the cliffs and ensure the safety of visitors”.
“This iconic spot will be beautified and conserved it for future generations to enjoy,” Cr Gilligan said.
“I would like to thank the state government for seeing the importance of our major infrastructure projects and investing in the future of our community here at Wyndham.”