Labor Government’s Interface Fund A Boost For Melton Community

Residents in Melton will be the beneficiary of a new $50 million Interface Councils Infrastructure Fund to support councils and communities on the edge of Melbourne.

Minister for Local Government, Natalie Hutchins, today visited the area with Member for Melton, Don Nardella, to meet with council and discuss how the fund could benefit the community.

Ms Hutchins said the Fund, secured in the 2015-16 Victorian Budget, fulfilled the Andrews Labor Government’s promise to establish a dedicated fund to invest in Melbourne’s outer suburbs.

Residents in the Melton area will benefit from the Fund, which can be used towards multipurpose facilities, community centres, playgrounds or other spaces needed by the community.

The Interface Fund – the first of its kind – is to support the suburbs within the ten Interface Councils, which will host the highest proportion of Victoria’s population growth over the coming decades.

The 10 Interface Councils are: 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 Council.

Applications will be called for in the coming months.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government, Natalie Hutchins

“The Andrews Labor Government recognises the rapid growth of Melton and the $50 million Interface Fund will ensure the council and community keeps up.”

“Councils and communities can use the $50 million Fund for a multi-purpose facility, a community centre, a playground – spaces that local families need.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Melton, Don Nardella

“The Fund will provide Melton with a significant opportunity to invest in the projects that make a difference to the community, as well as promoting local employment opportunities.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Kororoit, Marlene Kairouz

“This assistance will help Melton Council and community meet the needs of residents now, and into the future.”

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