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A multitude of projects in the City of Whittlesea have been given the green light after receiving a funding kick-starter.

The State Government announced grants of $200,000 each for several projects, including the installation of a single-cubicle toilet block in the Laurimar Town Centre in Doreen; streetscape upgrades to improve connections to shopping areas on Tramoo and High streets in Lalor; and upgrades to Reid Street Park in South Morang to build on planned upgrades on Gorge Road.

Other projects to receive funding include $2420 for Whittlesea Men’s Shed to purchase an appliance tester, thermal printer, and labels and test leads for electric tools; and $8738 for The Scout Association of Australia Victorian Branch in Epping to replace ageing equipment such as a barbecue, fridge, freezer, gear trolley, and cooking set.

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More than 400 projects across Victoria will share in $20 million in grants from the government’s Living Local Fund, which will help support communities with improved infrastructure and services.

Councils and community organisations will receive grants of up to $200,000 through the fund for upgrades to shopping strips, playgrounds, community gardens and public art projects, or to buy new equipment and carry out minor refurbishment works.

A total of $15 million was allocated for suburban projects, while $5 million was available for regional Victoria.

Minister for Suburban Development Melissa Horne said the investment would help improve community spaces across the state.

“We’re doing what matters by investing in infrastructure that our local communities need to enjoy the services they deserve,” she said.

“Our suburbs and regions are great places to live, work and play and we’re making sure they stay that way.”

The Living Local Fund is part of the State Government’s ‘Our Suburbs: Living Local’ and ‘Our Regions: Living Local’ initiatives.

For more information, people can visit www.suburbandevelopment.vic.gov.au/living-local or www.rdv.vic.gov.au/living-local.

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