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Government Invests in a Bright Future for Tarneit with Suburban Revitalisation Program

Tarneit Suburban Revitalisation

Tarneit is set to benefit from a range of new projects as part of a $2.5 million Suburban Revitalisation program, designed to revitalise public spaces in the area. The program will see significant investment in the rapidly growing suburb, with a population that is expected to increase by 164%, to 131,166 by 2041.

With this significant investment from the state government, it’s hoped that a revitalised Tarneit will become a suburb cherished by locals for its active public spaces, vibrant civic heart and expanding business ecosystem. But, just what will be included in this suburban refresh?

Lights and music

The Suburban Revitalisation program will include the $150,000 Cowies Hill Water Tower Lighting initiative, which will see decorative night lighting installed on the facility. In collaboration with Wyndham council, Greater Western Water and Melbourne Water, specialist lighting designers will be invited to develop a proposal that can include a range of different lighting and projection features.

Residents will be consulted on the proposed designs as they are developed, with installation due to be completed by mid-2022.

And, just last month, member for Tarneit, Sarah Connolly announced an investment of $485,000 would be provided to deliver a series of outdoor music and movie sessions at Tarneit Place, as well as a 6-month trial of a Makers and Growers market that will help connect people and support local businesses. These exciting events will be kicking off in December 2021 and January 2022, so stay tuned for more info!

One for the dogs

The Program will also see the delivery of new fenced dog off-leash areas, together with a broader park network revitalisation effort. Due to be completed by mid-2022, the new facilities will include a 30x50 metre fenced area, agility equipment, shade and shelter, and a drinking fountain.

Arts Placemaking & Social Connection Program

This $100,000 program is based on the successful pilot project Hello Togetherness, a creative placemaking project that recruits families and diverse households to create public artworks that are presented throughout their neighbourhood.

The proposed project aims to encourage social connection and the transformation of neighbourhoods into evolving gallery spaces and experiences that generate vibrant points of pride, connection and conversation in local spaces.

Penrose Community Centre – Community Garden

One for the green thumbs, this project will use under-utilised parkland to create a community garden. Wyndham council is working with the Pasifika Community Australia (PCA) on the proposal which will include a fenced community garden, raised and at-grade planter beds, community gathering spaces, shed and water tanks, water connection and plants.

The PCA will be required to distribute a proportion of food grown to the community via a community market, creating another rich opportunity for locals to get involved in.

With such substantial investment and a great program of events coming up in the calendar, it looks like bright days are ahead for our Tarneit community!

Established in 2021, the Tarneit Revitalisation Board provides a local voice to the Victorian Government's Suburban Revitalisation program, working with communities to identify opportunities for locally-led projects to help Tarneit thrive. For more information on any of the projects listed above, visit the Revitalising Tarneit website.