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Victorian State Budget 2023/24

Better spaces for stronger communities

The Victorian Government is investing in the projects and priorities that will further strengthen our communities.

Football match at a local sports ground

That includes the local sports clubs that bind us together, the open spaces that matter to local families and the services that lend a helping hand when Victorians need it most.

This Budget we’re doing what matters for local communities. We’re investing $269 million to deliver on our commitment of better parks, playgrounds and community recreational facilities, including:

  • $201 million to deliver new and upgraded community sport and active recreation infrastructure, including continuing the Local Sports Infrastructure Fund and the Country Football and Netball Program so more Victorians can participate.
  • $13 million to build six new dog parks and upgrade up to 22 existing ones.
  • $7.4 million to upgrade parks, open spaces and facilities at 11 locations so people can better enjoy the great outdoors.

We’ll also invest $7.5 million in the projects and organisations that support our local communities when they need it most. This includes funding for food relief through FareShare, support for organisations that foster and increase volunteering, additional social infrastructure and assistance to community and philanthropic organisations.

Other community initiatives include:

  • $19 million for the Our Place model and place‑based education plans to respond to the needs of local students in the Shepparton, Doveton and Frankston North areas and improve access to services for parents and families.
  • $10 million to keep entry to Melbourne Zoo, Healesville Sanctuary, Werribee Open Range Zoo, and Kyabram Fauna Park free for children under 16 years of age on weekends, public holidays and during school holidays.

Reviewed 21 May 2023


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