Mr MELHEM (Western Metropolitan): I rise to speak on the excellent work being done through the Andrews Labor government’s Growing Suburbs Fund (GSF). My electorate of Western Metropolitan Region has some of the most rapidly expanding areas in all of Victoria. These growth corridors are experiencing a significant increase in demand for community services and local councils alone cannot service their local needs. That is why this government is investing $150 million over four years into critical local infrastructure for these fast-growing suburbs. I have seen the benefits of this program in the west at first hand.

Last Friday I announced the commencement of works for an all-purpose Scout adventure activity centre in Burnside Heights. The $500 000 contribution made by the Andrews Labor government was vital in helping the 160-member Caroline Springs Scout group find a new permanent home. This project is an example of the exciting initiatives being supported by the GSF and the effect that it has on the community. This program has led to over $30 million worth of funding going into the western metro area since the Andrews Labor government came to power in 2014. The benefits of these projects will be felt by the community for many years to come.

6 March 2018