Sen and her daughter Khloe at the future site of a community centre in Donnybrook.

The City of Whittlesea welcomes an injection of funding from the State Government’s Growing Suburbs Fund grants program to build and upgrade critical infrastructure.

The $3.5 million State Government investment will help council deliver more than $15 million worth of initiatives to support communities, tradespeople, and businesses.

The projects supported include a new multipurpose community centre in Donnybrook’s Olivine estate, updated walking and cycling access at Huskisson Recreation Reserve in Lalor, and the Community Energy Transition Program, which will provide solar and battery storage systems to community groups and sporting clubs.

The funding will also contribute to streetscape improvements at the Gorge Road shopping precinct in South Morang, ceiling and ventilation upgrades at Plenty Ranges Arts and Convention Centre, and a community-driven project to regenerate the natural vegetation at Worchester Park in Bundoora.

City of Whittlesea Chair administrator Lydia Wilson said the much-welcomed funding boost from the government would enable council to build essential infrastructure and provide key programs and services for its fast-growing communities.

“The projects brought to life through this program will improve access to critical services, like kindergarten and maternal and child health, and will make a big difference to the day-to-day lives of our city’s residents,” she said.

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