The Allan Labor Government is backing more community-led projects in Werribee’s tiny towns, with more than 200 new initiatives set to make our smallest communities even better places to live, work, stay and play.

Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today announced a new project in Werribee is being delivered through the first round of the $20 million Tiny Towns Fund. From community halls to local sporting club upgrades, the fund is strengthening community connections and encouraging more visitors to all corners of Victoria.

Wyndham City Council has received $50,000 to deliver a 20 ft container, to be placed nearby the Basketball Court and Skatepark at Possy Newland Reserve in Little River. The Container will be a space the Youth Services team and other stakeholders will be able to utilise to engage young people through sport and recreation in the region.

The grant funds will go towards the purchasing of the container, painting of the container an awning extending to the exterior, a concrete slab to make the location permanent and earthworks preparation for the slab.

The program’s first round is bringing to life more than 200 projects across our smallest regional and outer metropolitan towns, each with fewer than 5,000 residents. The successful projects celebrate each community’s local spirit and will drive visitation to these vibrant towns.

From local hall upgrades to sports club renovations, community and non-profit groups and councils are eligible for grants of up to $50,000 to get these community-driven projects off the ground.

The Labor Government’s Tiny Towns Fund is just one of the ways we’re creating stronger communities, more tourism opportunities and backing more local jobs, with our $25 million Council Support Package also helping get shovel-ready projects off the ground in our regional cities and surrounding towns.

The fund is a part of the Labor Government’s record $45 billion investment since 2014 in projects and programs that support regional and rural Victoria to be an even better place to live, work, stay and play.

Our investments mean more locals have jobs close to home, more communities have the infrastructure they need to thrive, and more visitors can experience everything our regions have to offer.

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Quotes attributable to Minister for Suburbs Sonya Kilkenny

“We’re delivering important projects for communities to support locals and attract more visitors to our tiny towns.”

“Whether it’s upgrading a much-loved attraction or creating a new public artwork, we’re pleased to support these vibrant towns right across Victoria.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas

“The Tiny Towns Fund empowers small communities to thrive, ensuring projects that locals are passionate about can become a reality.”

“Congratulations to all of the funding recipients – these projects will contribute so much to local communities and unlock new reasons for people to visit, explore and live in our tiniest towns.”