Monday, 20 January 2020

Kids and families are the winners with a $1.5 million revamp of the Gembrook Leisure Park play space and skate-park, thanks to a funding boost from the Andrews Labor Government.

Minister for Eastern Victorian Region Harriet Shing today joined Cardinia Shire Council and the local community to officially open the new-look park.

The project 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 a local level.

The project includes a state-of-the-art skate park, adventure play ground with flying fox, multi-purpose hard court for basketball, netball and soccer, water play area, BBQ shelters and picnic facilities.

The project was delivered by Cardinia Shire Council which contributed $500,000 to the project with the remaining $500,000 provided by the Federal Government.

The Growing Suburbs Fund has invested nearly $18.6 million in 10 projects in Cardinia since 2015 including $3.5 million for the Comely Banks Recreation Reserve Pavilion, $3.52 million for the IYU Soccer Reserve and $3 million for the Cardinia Cultural Centre Redevelopment.

The Growing Suburbs Fund has invested $200 million in 161 projects in Melbourne’s outer suburbs over the past four years, creating 5400 jobs and enhancing sports, leisure and cultural activities.

More information on the Growing Suburbs Fund is available at localgovernment.vic.gov.au/grants.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government Adem Somyurek

It’s great to see the Growing Suburbs Fund at work again – this time creating a place for children to play and be active and families to go to be more connected to their community.”

“We are committed to helping communities like Gembrook get the community facilities they need to thrive.”

Quotes attributable to Member for the Eastern Victorian Region Harriet Shing

“The upgrade to the Gembrook Leisure Park, thanks to the Growing Suburbs Fund, will greatly increase the popularity of this much-loved park.”

“The new adventure playground and skate park in Gembrook will provide fun for kids and families for generations to come.”