Major revitalisation boost for Boronia

Boronia is one of six town centres in metropolitan Melbourne to receive a revitalisation boost as part of the Victorian Government’s Suburban Revitalisation Program.

As part of the Building Works Stimulus Package, the Program is funding shovel-ready projects in Boronia, Melton, Noble Park, Reservoir, Lilydale and Tarneit.

Each site will receive $500,000 from the state government for local infrastructure projects to improve public space and amenity while supporting local jobs and stimulating local business and community activity. This investment will play an important role in Boronia’s coronavirus (COVID-19) recovery

“We all know Boronia is in need of a bit of love – it’s the biggest shopping precinct out our way, next to Eastland and Knox Westfield. We all want to see it live up to the potential we know it has,” said member for Bayswater Jackson Taylor. “To kick-start the revitalisation of the Boronia Town Centre, the State Government is investing $250,000 with a co-contribution from Knox City Council of $370,000 for a major revitalisation of Lupton Way, in Boronia. “

This will mean that the tired, old laneway between the shops and Boronia Station will be completely overhauled – turning it into a pedestrian prioritised zone that will prioritise pedestrians while providing for station pick up, drop off and loading areas for local shops. An original artwork will be commissioned that improves lighting in Lupton Way, making it a safer place to use for locals.

Minister for Suburban Development Shaun Leane stated, “We are all living more locally. Investments like this will create jobs closer to home and support local businesses, while giving locally loved places, like Boronia a much-needed boost.”

The Andrews Government will work with Knox Council and other local stakeholders to explore further opportunities for co-investment in Boronia, including the Green Spine Corridor, Boronia Train Station Concept Plan, laneway galleries and gateway public art, placemaking and much more.

Jackson Taylor said, “I’m so pleased to have been able to secure this funding for a project that will overhaul this laneway – benefitting businesses, cafes, pedestrians and commuters alike.”

“It’s an important first step – and more needs to be done. I’m looking forward to working closely with Council on further opportunities to help bring Boronia back to life and to back in businesses that are doing it tough. This is the start of change in Boronia.

To kickstart the revitalisation of the Boronia Town Centre, the State Government is investing $250,000 with a co-contribution from Knox City Council of $370,000 for a major revitalisation of Lupton Way, in Boronia. Minister for Suburban Development Shaun Leane said “We are all living more locally so investments like this will create jobs closer to home and support local businesses, while giving locally loved places, like Boronia a much-needed boost.”

For more information on Suburban Development programs go to www.suburbandevelopment.vic.gov.au.

Knox Regional Netball Centre Scores $5 Million Towards

Redevelopment

The Knox Regional Netball Centre is set for a transformation, thanks to a $5 million funding boost from the Victorian Government’s Community Sports Infrastructure Stimulus Program.

Local Member for Bayswater, Jackson Taylor MP, today announced that the project is one of 27 to benefit from a share in more than $68 million from the stimulus program.

This investment recognises the overwhelming demand for shovel-ready community sports infrastructure and is part of the Victorian Government’s $2.7 billion Building Works package creating jobs and kick-starting vital projects across the state.

The project will involve the redevelopment of the overall site and the construction of an additional two new indoor netball courts to Netball Victoria standards, with associated facilities and amenities including toilets, two change rooms and storerooms.

Once complete the project will deliver world-standard facilities that local netballers, of all ages, from right around the east will love for years to come.  The facility will provide a perfect base for many local netball clubs, including Fairpark Netball Club, The Basin Netball Club and Boronia Netball Club, to develop programs, train, host games and events.

This investment is about helping grassroots sports communities get back in the game when the time is right.  From sports field lighting upgrades at multiple sites to new indoor sports courts, investments like these provide high-quality and accessible places for Victorians to reap the benefits of sport and active recreation participation.

By working with local government authorities, alpine resort boards and sporting clubs and organisations, the program is fast-tracking shovel-ready community sports infrastructure projects across Victoria and is expected to create almost $140 million in local economic activity.

This includes jobs in construction and supply chains with benefits for local businesses through the Victorian Government’s Local Jobs First requirements which will be built into contracts.

The program is part of the more than $915 million in Victorian Government investment in community sport and recreation infrastructure since 2014.

Mr. Taylor acknowledged the Knox Council as well as the Federal Government for their commitment and financial contribution to the project.  For more information about infrastructure grant opportunities available through the Victorian Government visit www.sport.vic.gov.au