Funding sought for critical projects under State Government stimulus program

 07 July 2020

Scotchman's Creek bike path

Council is applying for funding towards a number of significant “shovel ready” Monash community sport and active recreation projects, under a State Government COVID-19 stimulus program.

The State Government’s Community Sports Infrastructure Stimulus Program is investing $68 million to build and upgrade community sports facilities across Victoria to create jobs and boost economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Council is seeking $6.03 million towards three types of projects – playgrounds, lighting and trails. A minimum of 10% Council funding is required for all the projects.

Mayor Stuart James said each of the projects identified under the program were hugely beneficial to the health and wellbeing of the Monash community.

“Preliminary design work and analysis had been undertaken on many of these projects and they are ready to go, pending the funding coming our way from this fantastic stimulus program,” Cr James said.

“These are projects we had identified as significant for our community. Council recognises that sporting clubs, playspaces and opportunities for walking and bike riding along our trails play an important role in the health and wellbeing of the community, creating opportunities for improved health and connection with others.”

The 22 projects identified for funding are:

Project 1 (playspace activation) takes in five playgrounds, four that are playground upgrades that are ready for delivery in 2020/21 and are outlined in Council’s draft playground strategy. These are Capital Reserve (Glen Waverley); Whitehaven Crescent (Mulgrave); Danien Street (Glen Waverley); and Wilma Avenue (Mulgrave). The fifth project nominated is the Centre Road Skyrail Playspace in Clayton.

Project 2 (sportsground lighting project) includes six new sportground lighting projects to replace existing sportsground floodlighting at the end of its useful life at Pinewood Reserve, Mulgrave Reserve, Southern Reserve, Capital Reserve, Meade Reserve and Freeway Reserve.  Seven sportsground lighting upgrades to convert existing lighting to LED lighting are nominated for Homesglen Reserve, Columbia Reserve, Brentwood Reserve, Central Reserve (north and south ovals); Essex Heights Reserve and Jordan Reserve.

Project 3 (recreational pathways) seeks to upgrade existing pathways from two metre to three metre widths along Scotchmans Creek Trail, from Cole Crescent to Warrigal Road and from Waverley Road to Blackburn Road. Recreational paths are nominated for Wellington Reserve (Mulgrave) and Larpent Reserve (Glen Waverley).

“Council is very excited about the opportunities that can be delivered under these three project packages. In total, 22 outdoor recreation facilities across Monash have been identified as being extremely well-positioned to benefit from this funding, which will deliver much-needed infrastructure improvements to support the Monash community to lead healthy, active and connected lifestyles,” Cr James said.

Announcements from the State Government are anticipated in late July 2020.

Projects included in the funding application : Report to Council Meeting 30 June 2020 (pdf, 95KB)


Media Contact: Jo Robertson 0418 391 979 or email

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