Merri Creek Park will benefit from a $1.7 million upgrade to develop visitor infrastructure – including 6km of bike and walking paths.
The investment, from the Growth Areas Infrastructure Contribution (GAIC) fund, will improve community access to the 650 hectare green space in Campbellfield, protecting the state and nationally significant native grasses.
The upgrade includes:
- a link to the Whittlesea Public Gardens in Lalor, which sits on the other side of the Hume Freeway
- a link between Somerset Rd and Horne St on the eastern side of the Merri Creek Park
- a trail within the park’s conservation zone
- a new bridge crossing over the Merri Creek
The GAIC is a one-off contribution payable by landowners developing urban housing in land that has been zoned for urban use and development in Cardinia, Casey, Hume, Melton, Mitchell, Whittlesea and Wyndham local government areas.
GAIC funding supports Melbourne’s growing communities by contributing to state and regionally significant infrastructure including ambulance sites, parks, schools and public transport.
Quote attributable to Minister for Suburban Development Lily D’Ambrosio
“We know how important it is to upgrade the local infrastructure communities rely on every day – ambulance sites, parks, schools and public transport.”
Quote attributable to the Member for Broadmeadows Frank McGuire
“This investment in Merri Creek Park facilities will improve the health and wellbeing of Victorian’s living in the growing communities of Broadmeadows and Campbellfield.”
Quote attributable to the Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny
“The Andrews Labor Government is getting on with planning for the future needs of Victorians, acting now to upgrade the parks needed so families in growing areas have the services they need to enjoy the great outdoors.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020