Putting Locals First

The $100 million Putting Locals First program is part of the Coalition Government’s $1 billion Regional Growth Fund and is designed to support local and community led initiatives that provide more opportunities and a better quality of life in regional and rural Victoria.

Putting Locals First recognises that local people have an important role to play in being able to identify and deliver initiatives that reflect local priorities and build stronger communities.

The Coalition Government recognises that in building stronger communities we also improve people’s access to jobs, business opportunities, education and lifestyle opportunities.

  • At June 2014, the Government had committed almost $76 million from the program towards more than 650 projects with a total project cost of almost $195 million.

Local councils, community groups and businesses are eligible to apply for grants that help address local community priorities.

Some examples of Government funded grants include:

$500,000: Upgrade Ballarat’s Victoria Park

The project supports a $1 million upgrade of Ballarat’s Victoria Park making it more accessible for the local community, families, schools and people with a disability, including students from the nearby Ballarat Specialist School.

$500,000: Mount Beauty Progressing Place

The project aims to deliver a revitalised recreation and retail area in Mount Beauty including the renewal of the Mount Beauty Recreation Reserve Lakeside precinct and streetscape enhancements in the townships retail precinct.

$500,000: Alexandra Oval Community and Recreation Centre, Ararat

Alexandra Oval Precinct is an important meeting place for the local Ararat and surrounding community. This project will replace the existing outdated football only change rooms with new sporting change room facilities catering for football, cricket, netball, umpires and match day requirements; and build a community multi-purpose meeting space including meeting room, function space, commercial kitchen, canteen, bar and public amenities at the Alexandra Oval precinct.

$243,000: Vietnam Veterans Commemorative Walk, Seymour

Providing $243,000 toward the Vietnam Veterans Commemorative Walk in Seymour, an important monument to honour the more than 60,000 Australians who served in Vietnam.

$500,000: Armstrong Street Ballarat - Streetscape Works

This project involves streetscape works along Armstrong St between Sturt St and Mair St, Ballarat. The streetscape will continue the theme of works completed on Armstrong St north of Mair St, and will include: removal of central road parking places and replacement with mature trees and a centre median, changing parallel parking to angle parking along the curb line, enhancing bluestone curbing, guttering and sections of paving.

$500,000: The Neerim South Wetland Project - Stage 1

The Neerim South Wetland Project - Stage 1 will create a wetlands precinct for the Neerim South and surrounding community in the Baw-Baw Shire, designed to provide a high quality passive recreation, water quality and water storage asset. The wetlands will comprise four ponds with a water surface area of 5,500 square metres designed to treat runoff from surrounding land and residential areas. The design includes natural wetland landscaping, park and recreation facilities.

$50,000: Black Caviar – Recognising a legend

A monument of Black Caviar, 110% of actual size, to celebrate the unequalled feats of one of Victoria’s greatest thoroughbreds. This funding was for Stage 1 for site preparation, lighting and completion of some landscaping works.

$500,000: Queenscliff Heritage Railway Station Precinct Upgrade

The Queenscliff Heritage Railway Station Precinct includes the historical railway station, senior citizens building and sea scouts facility. The proposed project will upgrade and restore the historical station and improve the senior citizens and Sea Scout facilities.

$500,000: Donald Family Services Centre

Construction of a new Integrated Family Services Centre that will enable an expanded suite of early childhood care and education services to be provided to the young families of Donald and surrounding townships. The availability of these services will enhance the liveability of Donald and address a critical barrier to attracting and retaining a locally skilled workforce.

$100,000: Wye River Open Space Development

This project is for the improvement and connection of Harrington Park and Wye River Reserve in Wye River. The project includes an outdoor amphitheatre and BBQ and picnic facilities, landscaping and revegetation, interpretative signage for local flora, fauna and indigenous history and an accessible pathway along the river bank at Wye River and parking at Harrington Park.

$500,000: Berriwillock Community Multi-Purpose Centre

The project will enable the construction of the Berriwillock Community Multi-Purpose Centre. The Centre is unique in that it incorporates the provision of CFA facilities and offers sustainable solutions to a small rural community seeking to maximise investment in community facilities. This is the first stage of a project that will enable additional user groups and the provision of sporting facilities to be established within the Community Centre site.

$500,000: Bairnsdale Library Precinct: Community Access and Connection

Bairnsdale Library Precinct: Community Access and Connection will re-develop and extend the existing Heritage building to provide a modern Library with a range of inviting community spaces including an Information Technology Room. The Precinct will support community connectivity and information exchange to a network of Service Centres across East Gippsland.

$500,000: Development of Canterbury Park, Bendigo

This is stage two of a multi-stage development which will transform the Canterbury Park Precinct into a sophisticated events and community space hub. This stage focuses on the Eastern section of the Central Activity Area and includes construction of an entry road, car park modifications, construction of a multi-functional event space, general landscaping and park lighting.

$500,000: Ocean Grove Park Performance Space

This project involves construction of a performance space building in Ocean Grove Park to provide the growing Ocean Grove community with a permanent public venue designed for arts presentations. The venue will also be used for meetings, education sessions, ceremonies, conferences and community gatherings in both indoor and outdoor surroundings, with audience capacities from 84 to in excess of 2000 in a park setting. 

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