The Buloke Play Spaces Trail project has received a funding boost under the Andrews Labor Government’s Regional Infrastructure Fund – Stimulus Round.
Member for Northern Victoria, Mark Gepp and Member for Western Victoria, Jaala Pulford today announced that Buloke Shire Council will receive $2.6 million to deliver the project, which is part of the Andrews Labor Government’s commitment to build the things that matter to locals and help their towns thrive.
The Buloke Play Spaces Trail involves the construction of five destination play space complexes in Berriwillock, Birchip, Charlton, Donald, and Wycheproof.
The play spaces will accommodate play equipment which combine adventure activities, variety, innovative design and a social atmosphere. They have been planned to reflect the cultural and environmental features of the local Buloke townships, with diverse activities to appeal to young people of all ages, supplemented with social facilities to cater for families and group gatherings.
This project is among a suite of successful initiatives as part of this year’s Regional Infrastructure Fund – Stimulus Round.
The Regional Infrastructure Fund is part of the Andrews Labor Government’s flagship $156 million Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund, which helps businesses create more jobs in regional Victoria, support community projects and support councils to build the infrastructure locals and visitors need.
The stimulus round aims to revitalise local economies while we continue our steady recovery from the global pandemic by creating more jobs now, while improving tourism and community infrastructure.
The Fund is key to the Government’s $8 billion investment across regional and rural Victoria unveiled in the Andrews Labor Budget 2020/21 to support communities to come back stronger than ever.
The second round of the Fund’s 2020/21 program is due to open for applications from 16 June. Under this competitive round, local regional and rural councils will be invited to apply for grants.
Information and guidelines for the Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund can be found at rdv.vic.gov.au
Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria, Mark Gepp
“The Andrews Labor Government is committed to ensuring our region has the support they need to move beyond the challenges of the last year and thrive into the future, helping to make it an even better place to live, work, visit and invest.”
“This project will mean even more to locals in the future and we are working hard now to deliver improved facilities and provide the much-needed economic boost our state needs.”
Quote/s attributable to Member for Western Victoria, Jaala Pulford
“This $2.6 million investment in our region will create jobs in the immediate term in design and construction, but will also provide long term employment opportunities for our local community.”
Quote/s attributable to Mayor of Buloke Shire, Cr Daryl Warren
“The Buloke Play Spaces Trail is another vitally important piece of the emerging Buloke Shire as we position ourselves as a family friendly place to live and destination for those seeking a change of lifestyle.”
“To deliver five playspaces, unique to each town, across the Shire will benefit so many families. The revitalisation of our towns is hugely important to all of our residents, and Council continues to work with all levels of government to ensure our region’s growth”.