This Budget invests $623 million to support the strength of our neighbourhoods and communities.
New community sport infrastructure
An investment of $55 million will deliver new and upgraded community sport and recreation infrastructure, increasing participation opportunities and improving access for local families. This includes extending the Female Friendly Facilities Fund to deliver new community pavilions, changerooms, playing grounds and courts.
Boosting the Growing Suburbs Fund
A further $50 million will provide a boost to the Growing Suburbs Fund, delivering the local projects that matter to local communities in our interface and peri-urban areas.
Keeping our parks at their best
Victoria’s parks and public spaces give all Victorians an opportunity to relax and unwind, and to experience our state’s world-leading natural environment.
Funding of $32 million will keep our parks at their best, ensuring local spaces for local families and communities. Additional investments include:
- $20 million to allow children under 16 years of age to continue to enjoy free access to Melbourne Zoo, Healesville Sanctuary and Werribee Open Range Zoo on weekends, public holidays and during school holidays
- $16 million to continue the Regional and Metropolitan Partnerships programs, which help to deliver the local projects that matter to local people
- $3.6 million to support continued free public Wi-Fi network services in the Ballarat and Bendigo central business districts
Supporting recreational boating and fishing
This Budget also builds on our significant support for recreational boaters – like reinvesting boating fees back into the community – by providing $19 million to improve water safety and accessibility at Warrnambool and Lake Bullen Merri.
Funding of $5.9 million will also support the fish hatchery in Shepparton to produce up to 1.6 million in additional fish stock every year, supporting recreational fishing and creating local jobs.
Reviewed 20 May 2021