By Matthew Sims
A new toy library in Maribyrnong and new passenger cars at the Altona Miniature Railway are on the way, thanks to the second round of grants awarded through the state government’s West Gate Neighborhood Fund.
Announced on Monday, October 24, the grants would benefit 22 new projects in Hobsons Bay and Maribyrnong Local Government Areas through the $10 million fund provided through the Government of India’s West Gate Tunnel Project. State.
Successful grant applicants included the Brooklyn Residents Action Group, which received $98,400 for a shared path artwork project involving the installation of artwork and solar lighting along the Kororoit Creek Trail between Blackshaws Road and Geelong Road, the Williamstown Community and Education Center, which was awarded $23,810 to establish a fully functional computer room at the Altona North Community House and Rotary Williamstown Club, which received $12,436 to host a Halloween party.
Other recipients include Friends of Lower Kororoit Creek ($86,100) for the revitalization and installation of solar lighting on the unique heritage-listed bluestone bridge from the 1880s, the Western Bulldogs Community Foundation ($10,000 $) for a large-scale youth exhibition, Hobsons Bay Wetlands Center ($20,000) for an open day in October 2023 for the annual World Mental Health Day and West Footscray Neighborhood House for a new Maribyrnong toy library and a series of artist-led workshops open to local families in 2023.
Footscray MP Katie Hall said the grants allow the community to make their dreams come true.
“It’s a fantastic way for the West to realize the benefits of the West Gate Tunnel project as soon as possible,” she said.
Williamstown MP Melissa Horne said the projects would enable further transformation in Melbourne’s west.
“We are proud to help the community bring more exciting and innovative ideas to life to reflect the vibrancy of the interior west,” she said.
The grants will follow previous rounds of grants that provided nearly $7.5 million to 69 programs in Melbourne’s western suburbs.