MORNINGTON Peninsula Shire is drawing up a list of projects it would like to be financed through the state government’s $50 million Outer Suburban Growth Fund.
The government is making the money available to 10 “interface” councils, including Mornington Peninsula.
The mayor Cr Bev Colomb said the fund would “help deliver important social and economic benefits”.
The other interface councils are Cardinia, Casey, Hume, Melton, Mitchell, Nillumbik, Whittlesea, Wyndham and Yarra Ranges.
“The interface councils group has spent a lot of time talking to the Minister [of Local Government Natalie Hutchins] about the issues and challenges we face and we are very grateful that this fund has been established to deliver important projects for our municipalities,” Cr Colomb said.
“Council is currently considering projects to be included in our submission to the fund, and we look forward to working with the government to deliver real social and economic benefits for our community. We also look forward to hosting Minister Hutchins in the not too distant future to talk in more detail about the projects and the benefits they will deliver.”
Ms Hutchins said the fund would help interface councils respond to rapid growth by building such things as family and community centres, town centres, parks and reserves, playgrounds and amenity facilities.
Ms Hutchins said the fund would address the unprecedented growth all 10 outer-suburban areas were facing, with work beginning on some projects in the current financial year.