Moorabool Shire is one if six peri-urban council areas that are now able to dip into the State Government’s Growing Suburbs Fund to build more parks, libraries, playgrounds, community centres, sports facilities and more.

The Fund has been expanded by $25 million, to help create jobs in outer-suburban areas.

Other councils now able to access the fund include Baw Baw, Golden Plains, Macedon Ranges, Bass Coast and Surf Coast.

Until now the fund was only available to interface councils including Melton.

According to the State Government, the fund has created 6750 jobs via 193 projects since it was set up five years ago.

Buninyong State Labor MP Michaela Settle (pictured) said it would help support Moorabool’s growing needs and create jobs in the wake of COVID19.

“Expanding the Growing Suburbs Fund to Moorabool Shire is a great example of how we are delivering for all Victorians,” she said.

Melton MP Steve McGhie said Moorabool’s rapidly growing communities needed to be appropriately equipped.

“I encourage Moorabool Shire to apply, so their rapidly growing local communities get the facilities they need and deserve.”

The Buninyong electorate covers Ballan, Hillview and part of Maddingley – while the Melton electorate includes Bacchus Marsh and Darley.

Applications for the expanded Growing Suburbs Fund open on June 9.

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Stats from the Peri Urban Group of Rural Councils – pugrc.vic.gov.au