New fund to help shape SRL neighbourhoods

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Applications for the Suburban Rail Loop (SRL) Community Projects Fund are open and we’re looking for bright ideas to help shape your neighbourhood before trains start running on SRL East.

If you’re looking for inspiration, the big-thinking students at Clayton North Primary School have shared what they would like to see – from stars to swings and everything in between.

The SRL Community Projects Fund will deliver projects and initiatives that enhance local living, drawing on local knowledge to focus on projects that support the people and places that will be directly served by SRL East – from Cheltenham to Box Hill.

Eligible projects could include new and improved open spaces and facilities such as parks, playgrounds, community hubs, sports club upgrades and new equipment – or support for community events and festivals.

Multiple funding rounds will be offered during construction – in conjunction with community groups, councils and other local organisations – to support projects big and small.

In the first round now open, not-for-profits, sports clubs and schools can apply for grants of between $10,000 and $80,000 for their grassroots initiatives, with the first grants to be awarded later this year.

Major transport projects present a unique opportunity to make local communities even better places to live, work and play. Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria Director and Chief Executive Professor Tim Entwisle is leading an expert panel to advise on open space initiatives in the SRL East Precincts, building on his outstanding work on the Caulfield to Dandenong section of the Level Crossing Removal Project.

SRL East’s twin tunnels will link 6 new underground stations at Cheltenham, Clayton, Monash, Burwood, Glen Waverley and Box Hill – major suburban employment, education, health and retail precincts. SRL will attract new jobs, housing and other opportunities to these areas. Construction starts this year, creating up to 8000 local jobs.

Hear what the Clayton North Primary kids have to say about the Community Projects Fund and apply now.

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