Council seeking funds for priority projects

By Our Reporter

Wyndham City Council is seeking $8.5 million in the State Government’s Growing Suburbs Fund to help fund the provision of infrastructure for the rapidly growing community.

At the Ordinary Council Meeting on Tuesday, 8 October, Wyndham City Councillors endorsed the projects to be submitted for funding.

Wyndham City Mayor Cr Mia Shaw said that as one of Australia’s fastest growing municipalities, this was a vitally important source of funding for to ensure our local infrastructure is keeping pace with our increasing population.

“This year we will be submitting four key projects that we think the State Government should help us deliver for our community,” Cr Shaw said.

Council is seeking a total of $8.5 million for more than $31 million worth of projects, including Riverdale Multi-Purpose Community Centre; the delivery of the Truganina South East Community Precinct Masterplan; improved soccer facilities at Galvin Park and a new Master Plan for the K Road Cliffs.

“Once the $9.5 million Riverdale Multi-Purpose Community Centre is complete, it will provide this fast-growing community access to early education and care services, including kindergarten, maternal and child health, consulting rooms, a community gathering space, and programs to suit all ages,” Cr Shaw said.

“Population forecasts predict that by 2031, Tarneit’s population will grow from 53,000 residents to 75,000 and it is important we have the services and infrastructure in place before we experience this population boom. We have also applied for a $3 million grant for the delivery of the Truganina South East Community Precinct Masterplan.”

The $15.3 million project consists of a community facility building housing an integrated family centre and a sports pavilion. “We know that community centres like this are the heart of our communities, fostering strong connections, access to education and quality services,” Cr Shaw said.

“We’ve also asked for $1.5 million through this fund for a Master Plan for our stunning K Road Cliffs. This funding will assist in not only beautifying this iconic spot, but also conserving it for future generations to enjoy.”

The essential Plan will redirect storm water runoff from the fragile cliff edge; carry out revegetation works on the upper cliff area; constructing fencing to limit access to the cliff edge; setting up viewing spaces overlooking the Werribee River and creating walking paths and two new carparks.

“Galvin Park received a $2 million upgrade last year with the construction of a sports club and community pavilion and this year Council invested a further $1.7 million into the facility for a new oval and redeveloping the existing four tennis courts,” Cr Shaw said.

“We need to expand this facility further to ensure all residents in our growing City have access to a diversity of sports, recreation and exercise opportunities. The $2 million requested from the State Government will contribute to upgrading Galvin Park soccer pavilion to increase community space and improve useability for the community.”

Council has also proposed matching the State Government’s level of funding, or in some cases providing the majority of the funding. “These are all projects that our community wants and needs, so we’re excited to work with the State Government in making them happen,” Cr Shaw said.


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