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Streetscape, Rail Station Boost For Lilydale

Lilydale residents can look forward to improved streetscapes and public artworks due to a new investment from the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Suburban Development Shaun Leane made the announcement while opening the Lilydale Community Gardens with Member for Eastern Victoria and Chair of the..

Backing Libraries And Learning Across Victoria

The Victorian Government is building on the central role that libraries play in communities across the state, backed by record investment in services and resources. Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane joined representatives from the Victorian public library sector for the Libraries by Design Conference,..

Councils Supporting Communities To Get Through Crisis

The Victorian Government has lauded the efforts of local councils to support their communities in the wake of the storms that have devastated parts of the state. Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane visited the Yarra Ranges today to meet with volunteers and council workers as..

Mechanics’ Institutes Serving Communities 180 Years On

The Victorian Government is helping Mechanics’ Institutes continue to serve hundreds of Victorian towns, cities and suburbs – more than 180 years after the first one was opened to the public. The Institutes were established to provide free education and a meeting place for the..


Motorists in the city’s east will soon enjoy smoother, safer journeys thanks to essential road maintenance in Blackburn South. Member for the Eastern Metropolitan Region Shaun Leane said the works are underway to resurface sections of Canterbury Road and Blackburn Road to ensure these busy..

Building Better Facilities For Victoria’s Veterans

The Victorian Government is ensuring veterans and their families have access to energy efficient, modern and accessible facilities, helping them connect with the community and enjoy civilian life. Almost 30 projects across Victoria are sharing $800,000 thanks to the latest round of the Government’s Veterans Capital..

HART Awards 2021 Showcase Reconciliation

The Victorian Government is acknowledging the efforts of local communities to advance reconciliation in Victoria. Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane announced the Highly Commended recipient and the winner in the Local Government category at the annual Helping Achieve Reconciliation Together (HART) Awards. The HART..

Supporting And Honouring Victorian Veterans

The Andrews Labor Government is improving support for veterans and their families, and ensuring their service and sacrifices are remembered by future generations. The Victorian Budget 2021/22 will deliver $6 million to upgrade the Shrine of Remembrance – our iconic landmark dedicated to honoring our veterans and their..

Building Strong Local Communities For All Victorians

The Victorian Budget 2021/22 supports strong communities and suburbs with funding for vital local projects and policies – while also driving the creation of new local jobs. With $87.6 million in new funding for local infrastructure and programs – from playgrounds to libraries – the..


Vermont South students will learn in first-rate classrooms, as the Andrews Labor Government continues to roll out the next phase of our school building boom. Member for Eastern Metropolitan Shaun Leane today announced Weeden Heights Primary School will receive a $5.833 million upgrade, as part..


From junior boys and girls to masters, Melbourne’s eastern suburbs cycling community will soon be changing into top gear at upgraded clubrooms at Blackburn Cycling Club. Member for Eastern Metropolitan Shaun Leane today announced the club had received a boost of up to $700,000 from..

New Projects Deliver For Hurstbridge Community

New meeting places, sporting facilities and a walking trail will enhance Hurstbridge’s much-loved open spaces, made possible by a major investment from the Andrews Labor Government’s Growing Suburbs Fund. Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane today announced $2 million funding for the Graysharps Road Open Space Precinct from..

Supporting Community Revitalisation In Noble Park

Noble Park residents can look forward to improved streetscapes and a new local playground, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government’s $500,000 investment in the Noble Park Revitalisation Project. The work will see improvements to amenities on Douglas Street and the development of an all-abilities playground,..

Helping Councils Keep Victorian Communities COVIDSafe

The Andrews Labor Government is delivering new funding for Victorian councils to help local businesses and communities stay safe and open through 2021. Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane has announced more than $7 million for councils across the state to establish the Local Government..

New Local Library Services For The Goulburn Valley

New local library services are coming to Avenel and Murchison thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane has announced Goulburn Valley Libraries will receive over $120,000 from the 2021 round of the Living Libraries Infrastructure Program. The funding will help..

Funding To Transform Mansfield Library

The Mansfield library is set for a major transformation, including new dedicated children’s and quiet study spaces thanks to support from the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane today announced Mansfield Shire Council will receive more than $540,000 from the 2021 round..

Reflecting On How Victorians Got Through, Together

Stories of how Melbourne’s suburban communities coped during the unprecedented events of the past year will be shared in a new online digital exhibition. One year on: Stories of COVID-19 in Melbourne’s Suburbs was officially launchedat the Melbourne Museum today. The digital display features a collection..

Helping Veterans Shape The Federal Royal Commission

The Victorian Government is seeking feedback on the Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide – but is calling on the Commonwealth to give Veterans and their families more time to have their say. Minister for Veterans Affairs Shaun Leane today opened consultation on Terms..