The Victorian Coalition Government has provided $80,000 funding towards two new community spaces under Community Support Grants program.
Member for Gembrook Brad Battin said $50,000 would be allocated to Cardinia Shire Council to develop the Bailey Road Service Centre in Cockatoo by fitting out former commercial buildings.
Yarra Ranges Shire Council will receive a $30,000 boost to finalise the site location for the proposed Belgrave multipurpose facility.
Both buildings will provide multipurpose community spaces to cater for a range of services, events and programs.
“Cockatoo and Belgrave are both distinct communities with their own needs – and currently, both towns need a building that can be used for services and programs and act as a community hub.
“I look forward to the development of both these projects.”
Mr Battin said the Victorian Government had allocated $42 million over four years to the Community Support Grants program which provides funding to boost grassroots community participation by improving infrastructure and amenities and funding community activities.
Deputy Premier Peter Ryan said the grants funded projects which helped communities to build skills and knowledge, strengthen local connections and networks and encouraged leadership and innovation.
“By developing and improving their assets and capacity, communities are better placed to respond to the many challenges and opportunities facing Victorians – important issues like population growth, disadvantage and rapid economic change,” Mr Ryan said.
“The Coalition Government is committed to working closely with communities to help drive projects that provide long term positive results and encourage participation from people of a variety of different backgrounds.”
Local Councils and not-for-profit community organisations can apply for Community Support Grants at any time. Grants guidelines and application forms are available from the Department of Planning and Community Development’s grants website www.dpcd.vic.gov.au/communitysupportgrants