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.
On this page:
- Community Works Program
- Expert Assistance Program
- Creating Better Places Program
- Pride of Place Program
- More information
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
|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
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.
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.
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:
- Improved strategic planning through urban design frameworks.
- Professional urban design advice.
- Design development and capital works projects.
For further information you may contact the Program Manager via email at email@example.com or phone (03) 9094 8460.