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Funding for these projects was included in the 2022-23 Budget

These projects and programs have all been delivered.

  • New fencing at the Harold Stevenson Athletic Track


    The fencing upgrade project involved:

    • Removing old cyclone fencing.
    • Installing a range of new fencing comprising of 3.6m high safety fencing/2.2m high fencing/1.2m high fencing
    • Installing new pathways.
    • Installing two new pedestrian access gates.
    • Safety and wayfinding signage upgrade.
  • Community Access to a Commercial Kitchen

    At the CB Smith complex.


    Refurbish and repurpose an existing commercial kitchen for the use of not-for-profit groups and community to use for free or for a heavily subsidised fee.

    This will provide access to a space where safe, nutritious, affordable and culturally appropriate food can be prepared and provided to community members. Some people in Fawkner have limited access to food due to their economic circumstances or because they are unable to travel to reach food elsewhere.

  • Extending the Youth Holistic Outreach Program

    $60,000 funding to continue the operation of YHOP Merri-bek.

    This funding meant the outreach program would continue to engage and connect at-risk young people aged 12 - 25 years to individualised housing, mental health education, training, employment and crisis supports.

    The YHOP program model of “Engage Early, Support, Place, Sustain” has been trialled, tested and refined, and proven to change the life trajectory for vulnerable young people.

  • Hadfield sporting club scoreboard and time keepers

    Martin Reserve.


    The new timekeepers box and scoreboard will benefit all users of the Hadfield Sporting Club which is home to sports such as football, cricket and netball.

  • KW Joyce drinking fountain


    The KW Joyce Reserve is a lovely recreational area, with many connected walking trails and visitors.

    While this reserve had many benefits, it lacked a water fountain. The installation of a water fountain had the capacity to reduce single use plastics and the risk of heat stroke, as well as simply encouraging people to choose healthier options and be more likely to get out and exercise!

  • Merri Creek Trail Seating


    This involves installing 20 park seats with back and armrests along the Merri Creek Trail (Merri-bek section), at a maximum spacing of 400 metres between them.

    Seats were places to offer a view and shade. They were placed at the points where people enter or leave the trail, so they can rest after walking. Each seat includes a small sign with QR code for people to access information that has been designed by the community to recognise local plants and animals.

  • Northside Renters Rights Info Nights


    Merri-bek's renters face a high level of rental stress. Renters are often unaware of their legal rights in regards to their tenancies, and face a power difference with their landlords.

    The Renters and Housing Union held info nights on tenancy rights in highest density rental areas with a focus on migrant & low-income suburbs in utilising council libraries & community centres.

Funding for these projects was included in the 2023-24 Budget

Although $250,000 was allocated to community budget ideas, because of the high level of community engagement, Council has funded the top 3 projects, as supported by the community and has also selected an additional 3 projects for further funding.

In total, we have provided $278,000 for community ideas and incorporated them into the budget.

As voted by the community:

  • Double Councils shade structures program for playground and parks $80,000
  • Take the First Step Merri-bek (Domestic Violence prevention) $33,000
  • Installation of nesting boxes $10,000

Additional funding:

  • Accessible tennis facilities and reserves $100,000
  • Drinking fountains in shopping strips $50,000
  • More bins around parklands $5,000

Merri-bek City Council acknowledges the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung people of the Kulin Nation as the Traditional custodians of the lands and waterways in the area now known as Merri-bek, and pays respect to their Elders past and present, as well as to all First Nations’ communities who significantly contribute to the life of the area.

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