Supporting Community with Yarra Ranges Playspace Upgrade

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17 May 2024

The Victorian Government is supporting local communities by helping to deliver critical infrastructure in the Yarra Ranges with a $100,000 boost from the Growing Suburbs Fund. 

Member for Monbulk, Daniela de Martino visited Upwey today to celebrate the start of works for the $200,000 Wright Avenue Reserve Playspace Renewal project, jointly funded by the Victorian Government and Yarra Ranges Shire Council. 

Wright Avenue Playspace will be refurbished with upgraded equipment including a double bay swing set, slides, a carousel spinner, drinking fountain and seating. Nature play elements with rocks and logs will be incorporated, along with new garden beds with native plants.  

A new accessible pathway will improve access from street parking and provide a link between Wright Avenue and Mast Gully Road. 

The project will improve the amenity and accessibility of the local park, with family-friendly areas including educational and imaginative play spaces.  

The Growing Suburbs Fund represents a $440 million Victorian Government investment over 10 years that has to date provided over $1.3 billion of critical local infrastructure in our fast-growing suburbs.  

The Victorian Budget 2024-25 provided $5 million to continue the support for infrastructure needs for our fast-growing outer suburbs, with the funding being administered by the Department of Transport and Planning. 

Since its establishment in 2015, the program has supported 360 projects representing a total infrastructure investment of $1.3 billion and has created more than 11,340 jobs. 

Quotes attributable to Minister for Suburbs Sonya Kilkenny 

“The Growing Suburbs Fund supports thriving communities by building critical infrastructure and improved facilities for local families.”  

“I’m delighted to announce this important project in partnership with Yarra Ranges Shire Council as we continue to deliver for communities across Victoria.’’ 

Quotes attributable to Member for Monbulk Daniela de Martino 

It’s so important that we encourage community participation and provide safe spaces in nature for children to engage in play.” 

“This project will enable more people across the Yarra Ranges to enjoy the facilities they deserve.”