Yarra Ranges Gets A Boost From Labor Government’s Interface Fund

Local families in Yarra Ranges 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 Yarra Ranges Shire with Member for Eastern Victoria and Parliamentary Secretary for Treasury and Finance, Daniel Mulino, to 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 support communities in Melbourne’s outer suburbs.

Residents in the Yarra Ranges 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 – will provide support to the ten Interface Council areas, 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 the Minister for Local Government, Natalie Hutchins

“The Andrews Labor Government recognises the specific needs of the Yarra Ranges community and our $50 million Interface Fund will help ensure those needs are met.”

“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 the Member for Eastern Victoria, Daniel Mulino

“The Andrews Labor Government’s Fund will help meet the changing needs of local residents in the Yarra Ranges.”

Quotes attributable to the Member for Monbulk, James Merlino

“The Interface Fund will invest in the projects that will make a significant difference in the day-to-day lives of local residents.”

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