Plans for a major sports and recreation hub in New Gisborne have received a further boost thanks to support from the Andrews Labor Government’s Growing Suburbs Fund.

Local Government Minister Shaun Leane has announced Macedon Ranges Shire Council will receive $3.2 million from the Growing Suburbs Fund, which helps Melbourne’s rapidly developing interface and peri-urban councils deliver high-quality facilities for their communities.

The funding will help deliver the first stage of the Macedon Ranges Regional Sports Precinct, including gardens, a wetland, an outdoor gym, barbecue areas, a play space and a walking, cycling and fitness track.

A $41 million development, the sports precinct has previously received $11.6 million from the Victorian Government towards an indoor sports arena, new turf and synthetic sports fields, tennis and netball courts.

This is the first time Macedon Ranges has received Growing Suburbs Fund support, after the popular and successful fund was expanded to peri-urban councils last year.

Since its establishment in 2015 the Growing Suburbs Fund has facilitated $913.2 million in local infrastructure, created more than 8,880 jobs and supported 253 projects across Melbourne’s fastest-growing areas.

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Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane

“Every Growing Suburbs Fund project we support helps deliver vital facilities, creates jobs and makes a real difference for our fastest-growing communities.”

“I’m really pleased to be able to announce the first ever Growing Suburbs Fund project in Macedon Ranges and I can’t wait to see the Sports Precinct open for everyone to enjoy.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas

“I’m delighted the Victorian Government has continued its support for our thriving community with yet more significant support for the fantastic sports precinct project.”

“We know the Macedon Ranges is a great place to live, and the Regional Sports Precinct will make it an even better one – this investment will be great for families, children and everyone in our community.”