Boronia will benefit from a $500,000 Suburban Activity Centre investment to support the community, to undertake projects such as minor infrastructure upgrades and maintenance, community activities and local business activation.
The injection is part of a $6 million investment in suburban and neighbourhood centres announced by the Andrews Government as part of the Building Works stimulus program – creating local jobs for more locals, to help them through this tough time.
Boronia, along with Melton, Tarneit, Reservoir, Lilydale and Noble Park will share in $3 million provided for suburban activity centres.
The $500,000 investment will be used to help improve the local areas through on-ground works including upgrades to parks, public spaces, increased lighting, public art installations and new footpaths and bike paths.
Mr Taylor will be working closely with Council to deliver an exciting project and will keep the community informed every step of the way and will continue to advocate for further investment for Boronias activity centre.
Local shopping strips will share in a further $3 million provided through the Neighbourhood Activity Centre Renewal Fund, providing grants of up to $100,000 to stimulate business activity, support local economies and improve public amenity and accessibility during the coronavirus pandemic.
Knox is among 31 local government areas across Melbourne that will benefit from these works. Mitchell Shire is also part of the program.
The Victorian Government will work with local government, business and the community sector to deliver the initiatives. Councils are encouraged to put forward projects that are ready to launch.
The Victorian Government has invested more than $9 billion towards protecting Victorians from the health risks and economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
Mr. Taylor welcomed this investment to kick-starting the improvement of the Boronia CBD and that he is excited that this journey has begun.
More information about the Neighbourhood Activity Centre Renewal Fund is available at https://www.suburbandevelopment.vic.gov.au/grants/neighbourhood-activity-centre-renewal-fund
Applications for the fund will close on Friday, 21 August 2020.
Quotes attributable to Member for Bayswater, Jackson Taylor MP
“The Boronia shopping strip and CBD is vital for the strength and cohesion of our local community and this is a great project to ensure they receive the support they need during these challenging times – and creating more local jobs to boot.”
“As a long-time local, I know first-hand just how much Boronia has needed a shake-up and this is hopefully just the start of that much needed change.”
“I’ve spoken with thousands of residents over the course of the journey and the message is crystal clear: Boronia needs to change for the better to back in local jobs, local businesses and give it a second lease on life.”