Wednesday, 21 August 2019

People in Gembrook will have access to a new playspace and skate park thanks to a funding boost from the Andrews Labor Government

Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing today joined community members in turning the first sod on the new Gembrook Leisure Park.

The $1.5 million playspace and skate park received $500,000 from the Labor Government’s Growing Suburbs Fund, which supports the creation of community connections, enhanced services, and provides greater opportunities at the local level.

Works will include a skate space, exercise station, an open play area with flying fox, a multi-purpose hard court, splash pad and water play area, BBQ shelters and picnic facilities.

The project will be delivered by the Cardinia Shire Council, which has contributed $500,000 towards the project.

The project was also supported by a $500,000 grant through the Commonwealth Government’s Building Better Regions fund.

The Growing Suburbs Fund has invested more than $18.5 into the Cardinia Shire Council for 10 projects including the Comely Banks Recreation Reserve Pavilion, the Deep Creek Reserve Development, the Emerald to Gembrook Multi Use Trail and the IYU Soccer Reserve.

More information on the Growing Suburbs Fund is available at

Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government Adem Somyurek

“The Growing Suburbs Fund is fast-tracking critical community facilities and is delivering results for local communities”

“We are getting on with helping communities like Gembrook get the facilities they need so they can continue to thrive in the face of future challenges such as population growth and changing demographics.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Harriett Shing 

“The Growing Suburbs Fund helps councils build great local facilities for their communities such as town centres, parks, community centres and playgrounds.”

“It’s great to see the Andrews Labor Government’s Growing Suburbs Fund make possible the projects that make areas like ours great places to live and work, like the Gembrook Leisure Park Playspace.”