Second Round Of Interface Funding Opens

New community facilities in Melbourne’s outer suburbs will have another chance to receive funding, under the second round of the Andrews Labor Government’s Interface Growth Fund.

Minister for Local Government Natalie Hutchins said Melbourne’s ten Interface councils were invited to apply for funding for the Fund’s final $7 million.

The Interface Growth Fund fulfils a key election commitment to establish a dedicated fund to invest in community facilities and spaces across Interface council areas.

A total of 26 infrastructure projects, including revitalised town centres and new community centres, parks, playgrounds and reserves, were funded in the first round and announced last month.

The first round of the Fund resulted in a doubling of the Labor Government’s contribution,  with a total combined investment of $102 million between the state, councils and private sector.

The 10 interface councils are Cardinia, Casey, Hume, Melton, Mitchell, Mornington Peninsula, Nillumbik, Whittlesea, Wyndham and Yarra Ranges.

The Interface Growth Fund reflects the Labor Government’s commitment to supporting local councils and ensuring communities across the state have access to the community facilities they need.

Councils have until 30 November 2015 to apply for funding under the second round.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government Natalie Hutchins

“Our Interface Growth Fund is helping outer suburban councils get on with delivering the facilities and spaces needed by local residents.”

 “From community centres, parks, town centres and playgrounds, the second round of the Interface Growth Fund will allow the ten Interface councils another chance to seek funding.”

 “These projects will contribute to local economic development and the creation of jobs, while building strong and connected communities.”