Activities Areas Programs and Projects

The government has funded a series grants programs aimed at providing specialist expert advice to councils for finalising and implementing structure plans, urban design, community improvements and capital works projects. Information about these programs is provided below.

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Community Works Program 2012 - Round 1

The Minister for Planning announced more than $3.1 million for physical infrastructure projects across Victoria to help councils revitalise their municipalities in October 2012.

Nine metropolitan councils and ten regional councils received grants of up to $200,000 in the first round of funding from the Community Works Program.

The 19 projects include playgrounds, community gardens, river trails and community infrastructure to improve accessibility and amenity in both regional and metropolitan areas.

Metropolitan councils to receive funding are Cardinia, Banyule, Brimbank, Frankston, Hume, Manningham, Moonee Valley, Whitehorse and Wyndham.

Regional councils to receive funding are Ballarat, Baw Baw, Corangamite, Greater Geelong, Queenscliffe, Mildura, Moira, Strathbogie, Wellington and Wodonga.

Peel Street Revitalisation
Ballarat City Council
Plenty River Trail
Greensborough Principal Activity Centre Link
Banyule City Council
Burke Street Park, Warragul Redevelopment
Baw Baw Shire Council
Kororoit Creek Recreational Trail
Station Road to Western Highway
Brimbank City Council
Deep Creek Reserve Walking Trail
Stage 1 Construction
Cardinia Shire Council
Timboon Railway Park Precinct Development/Renewal
Corangamite Shire Council
Overport Road Shared Use Path
Frankston City Council
Leopold Strategic Footpath Network
Plan Delivery
Greater Geelong City Council
Sunbury Streetscape Upgrade
Hume City Council
Jackson Court Revitalisation Project
Manningham City Council
Mildura Eco Living Park (MELP)
Community Garden and Playground
Mildura Rural City Council
Federation Park Redevelopment
Moira Shire Council
Coronet Park Revitalisation and Activation Project
Moonee Valley City Council
Point Lonsdale Foreshore Revitalisation - Stage 1
Borough of Queenscliffe
Euroa Apex Walking Track Connection Project
Strathbogie Shire Council
Shared Path Connection
Sale to Wurruk
Wellington Shire Council
Box Hill Gardens Multi-Purpose Area
Whitehorse City Council
Construction of Smythe Street, Wodonga
Wodonga City Council
Werribee River Trail
Construction between Wyndham Park to Cottrell Street
Wyndham City Council


Download the list of the Community Works Program successful round 1 projects (DOC - 16 KB)

The Community Works Program has been developed to better service councils and their communities in delivering important facilities and community infrastructure.  The Victorian Government has committed $6.9 million over three years to fund the program.

The opening of the next round of funding will be announced in late 2012 or early 2013.

Previous grants programs

Expert Assistance Program 2007-2011

The Expert Assistance Program (EAP) was initially launched in June 2007 to assist councils to more effectively drive growth and change in activity centres. The program provided specialist expert advice to assist councils to finalise and implement structure plans for Principal, Major and Specialised Activities Areas in metropolitan Melbourne.

EAP has supported:

  • Councils to progress the completion and implementation of structure plans for Principal, Major and Specialised Activities Areas.
  • The private sector and councils to undertake strategic planning work for major redevelopment sites in metropolitan Melbourne where planning gaps have been identified.

The Assistance was enabled by:

  • Facilitating blockages or gaps in knowledge and expertise that hindered the completion or implementation of strategic planning or structure planning work.
  • Providing expert advice as needed in a timely and responsive manner.

Creating Better Places Program 2005-2011

The previous urban improvement program, Creating Better Places (CBP), allocated $17.8 million over six years between 2005-2011.

This program supported policy initiatives by funding urban improvement projects in activities areas and town centres in metropolitan Melbourne and networked regional cities and towns.

The grants provided opportunities for State Government to work in partnership with councils and communities to create more vital, attractive, sustainable and safe activity and town centres across Victoria.

Pride of Place Program 1999 - 2004

The program provided funding for urban design and capital works projects across Victoria, enabling councils to work with their communities to develop innovative projects to make the local environment more attractive, vibrant and safe.

This funding has contributed to innovative projects and the development of creative and sensible urban design solutions.

The Pride of Place Program primarily provided funding to communities for:

More information

For further information you may contact the Program Manager via email at or phone (03) 9094 8460.