$77,000 Boost for Werribee Riverbend Precinct

[Victorian Government Media Release]

WYNDHAM residents and visitors will benefit from $77,000 in Brumby Labor Government funding Planning Minister Justin Madden announced today.

Mr Madden said the funding would be used to investigate development concepts for the Riverbend Precinct in Werribee's City Centre.

"The Brumby Labor Government is taking action to rejuvenate Melbourne’s suburbs and maintain our liveability," Mr Madden said.

"We have provided $77,000 through the Expert Assistance Program (EAP) to Wyndham City Council for preliminary planning of the Riverbend Precinct in the Werribee City Centre.

"This funding will assist Council to determine optimum uses for the new precinct for the benefit of local families and businesses.

"This will also assist Council in determining the role its land will play in facilitating development within Werribee City Centre."

Member for Tarneit Tim Pallas MP, said Werribee's City Centre is a significant Centre in Melbourne's Western Region.

"Our community has great potential for assisting with meeting Melbourne’s needs for additional housing, commercial and retail space," Mr Pallas said.

"The Riverbend Precinct has great potential - new facilities in the centre will make it an even more vibrant place to visit."

The Expert Assistance Program funding builds on other Brumby Labor Government projects currently underway in the Werribee City Centre, including:

  • $855,000 over four years to contribute to the design and construction of the Wedge Street Pedestrian Bridge; and
  • $30,000 for the development of concept designs for the Wedge Street Piazza through the Creating Better Places Fund.

The Brumby Labor Government's Melbourne 2030 Activity Centres EAP was launched in June 2007 to assist councils to more effectively drive growth and change in activity centres.

The program provides specialist expert advice to assist councils to finalise and implement projects for principal, major and specialised activity centres in metropolitan Melbourne.

Source: Premier of Victoria <http://www.premier.vic.gov.au/media-releases/>.

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