$4.8 million funding boost

Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes, daughter Philippa and Member for Yan Yean Danielle Green, kneeling, with Mitchell Shire Mayor David Lowe, Cr Rob Eldridge, engineering and major projects manager Tim Partridge, Wallan Environment Group members Claudia and David James.

Three projects in Wallan, Kilmore and Broadford will receive grants totalling $4.8 million from the State Government’s Growing Suburbs Fund.

The Kilmore Rejuvenation project, Taylors Creek Shared Path in Wallan and Broadford’s Parks and Playspaces will benefit from the funding.

Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes and Member for Yan Yean Danielle Green announced the funding in Wallan on Friday.

The $2.4 million grant for the Kilmore Rejuvenation will see the first phase of a major upgrade to Kilmore’s main street.

The project will benefit residents, visitors and small businesses by making-over the central section of Sydney Street with enhanced seating, greenery and pedestrian safety.

The $1.6 million allocation for Taylors Creek Shared Path will link western Wallan with the town’s central area, shops and schools. The connection project will involve the installation of seating, lighting and barbeque facilities.

More than $700,000 will help upgrade Broadford’s Memorial Park with new playground equipment and further activate the Old Police Paddocks and Broadford Common.

Ms Symes said as someone who lived, worked and raised children in the Mitchell Shire, she was ‘thrilled to be working with the council to deliver these priority community projects’.

“To be able to access funding for the whole shire and allocate money to Broadford has been a really good outcome to share it around a bit,” she said.

“I know how much young families value their outdoor spaces and playgrounds – the need for upgraded play equipment at Broadford’s Memorial Park is a project that locals have continually asked me to deliver.

“Revamping Kilmore’s Sydney Street will enhance the centre of town both economically and socially, as well as encourage further investment attraction.”

Ms Green said the investments in Mitchell Shire this year showed how the fund was working with council and the community to deliver better parks, playgrounds and shopping strips.

“Better access for the growing Wallan community ensures residents can more easily walk and cycle but also enjoy the lovely outdoor spaces Wallan has to offer,” she said.

A total of $19.1 million in funding across 20 projects in the Mitchell Shire has been delivered from the Growing Suburbs Fund in the past five years.