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Grassroots sports clubs, community gardens and homeless services are among more than 230 local organisations that will receive funding through the Andrews Labor Government Pick My Project initiative.

“This is a great day for communities right across Victoria – with hundreds of wonderful local projects getting the funding they deserve. These projects have been chosen by locals to benefit locals – giving great little ideas the support they need to get off the ground.”

Premier Daniel Andrews

Premier Daniel Andrews joined Minister for Suburban Development Lily D’Ambroiso at Hansen Reserve in West Footscray, which will soon have a new bike park thanks to a $200,000 grant through the community-led initiative.

The new park will help kids of all abilities learn safe riding skills – with wide paths and challenges like hills, curves and bridges, tunnels, as well as new trees and shrubs around the track.

“For the first time ever, we’ve given communities the power to decide the projects that are right for them.”

Minister for Suburban Development Lily D’Ambrosio

It’s one of 237 projects chosen by local communities across Melbourne and regional Victoria funded through Pick My Project – the Victorian-first community grants initiative that puts decision making in the hands of the public.

Other successful projects include a social enterprise café in Sunshine, a school robotics lab in Oakleigh and an Air Ambulance helipad in Cobden.

“From regional centres to small country towns, Pick My Project will deliver the upgrades, improvements and financial support communities need – because locals know best.”

Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford

The $30 million Pick My Project initiative gave all Victorian residents aged 16 and over the opportunity to submit their idea for a project or program that made their community a better place to live.

People were then given the chance to vote for their favourite project. More than 95,000 Victorians cast votes, with successful projects receiving grants of between $20,000 and $200,000.

Pick My Projects funding has been divided equally between Melbourne and regional Victoria, based on the population of each of the six metropolitan and nine regional partnership areas.

To ensure a range of small and large communities had the opportunity to be part of Pick My Project, no more than 50 per cent of a partnership areas funding was awarded to one local government area.

A full list of successful projectsis available at pickmyproject.vic.gov.au.

Southern Metro Region Projects

New school passive play area and community space Port Phillip $196,350

Elwood Outdoor Sports Courts Community Hub Port Phillip $200,000

Giving women equal opportunity to play footy in Yarra Yarra $150,097

Community Playground Upgrade Stonnington $53,471

Hawthorn Malvern Hockey Centre Lighting Upgrade Boroondara $200,000

Habonim Community Centre Repairs and Amenity Improvements Glen Eira $199,800

Greythorn Primary School grounds redevelopment Boroondara $199,600

Multi-purpose all-abilities sportsfield Glen Eira $165,490

Caulfield Community Garden Project Glen Eira $20,000

Resurfacing Penpraze Park Stonnington $176,000

Calling all dancers Stonnington $200,000

Community activity court weather protection & resurfacing Stonnington $188,000

Bringing our playground to life at Elsternwick Primary School (EPS) Bayside $193,361

Lamm Courtesy Bus Glen Eira $26,000

Getting girls on track Kingston $199,880

impactFUL Kingston $24,350