The Suburban Revitalisation Program has shown the value of taking a coordinated place-based approach to enhancing how people live, work and play in 8 priority suburbs across Melbourne. Since its establishment in 2016, the Suburban Revitalisation Program has invested over $67 million to deliver 579 projects to the value of over $163 million.
In Boronia, funds were invested in the Breakfast Club Project, which provided more than a meal to its community members. 'The point of difference with our breakfast program is that it's more than just a meal. It's important to us to get to know our guests and find out what services that they need, and build a level of trust and support them and link them with those services or provide the support ourselves. So that's the point of difference. It's more than just a meal. It gives you a sense of worth. You know, it gives me something to look forward to every morning to see the people, to just to have a chat.'
By ensuring investments align with community needs, the multitude of projects delivered by the Suburban Revitalisation Program have enriched lives through art and music, improved local infrastructure and enhanced community safety and mental health. Projects have promoted new job creation pathways for young people, shared cultural experiences at community events, and increased prosperity for local traders.
In 2023, the Office for Suburban Development will continue to deliver positive change across Melbourne’s suburbs by fostering collaborative partnerships with all levels of government, business, and community sectors. The Metropolitan Partnership and Suburban Revitalisation Programs are providing avenues for local communities to engage with the Victorian Government, which is making a positive difference to the lives of the millions of people who live and work in Melbourne’s suburbs.
We will continue to listen to and involve local communities in designing their own futures, supporting and delivering place-based initiatives that build connections between Melbourne's people and celebrate its suburbs.