Regional Development Victoria

Productive and Liveable Cities & Centres Program Stream

This Regional Infrastructure Fund program stream will support significant infrastructure projects in regional cities, centres and towns. It will consider infrastructure projects that seek to facilitate and leverage new business, investment opportunities and jobs growth. The project should seek to increase spending within regional Victorian cities, centres, towns and precincts and improve access to and connectivity between transport, retail, service and cultural hubs.

Overview

Main street of Beechworth

The Regional Infrastructure Fund Productive and Liveable Cities and Centres program stream aims to stimulate new investment opportunities and jobs growth. It aims to increase the use and dollar-spend within regional Victorian cities, centres, towns and precincts as well as improve access and connectivity to transport, retail and service hubs. Projects supported under this program stream will coordinate a number of economic and social services and activities and create or enhance economic growth conditions.

Crowd watching AFL football Ballarat's Eureka Stadium
Success Story

Eureka Stadium

An important asset for the Ballarat community to boost the city’s liveability of locals, and help attract even more visitors.

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Objectives of Program

Projects under this program stream will need to demonstrate the use of integrated land-use models to ensure that productivity, useability, liveability and sustainability outcomes are achieved. It also encourages strong local government, industry and community partnerships that continue to create or enhance the conditions for growth.

Well planned, multi-use precincts offer regional cities, centres and towns opportunities to realise their economic potential. They also enhance the viability of commercial activities and improve the prosperity of regional communities. By improving ageing and outdated infrastructure, and repurposing and reimaging uses for regional spaces, investments from this program stream seek to deliver vibrant and accessible precincts in which people can live, work, visit and do business.


Funding Details

Activities that will be considered

Through the Productive and Liveable Cities and Centres program stream, infrastructure grants may be available for:

  • developing new precincts that include a mix of retail, transport, community, cultural and business activities
  • creating new or revitalising existing precincts that create or enhance the conditions for economic growth through the delivery of improved employment, economic, training and education outcomes
  • activation of existing underperforming precincts that show potential to provide significant benefit to the regional communities’ economic and social base
  • unifying existing, or creating new heritage, cultural or arts precincts that offer a range of visitor and resident experiences.

Application Process

All project applications will be considered on an individual basis and need to address distinct criteria which may include how the project will:

  • improve the economic performance of the precinct in relation to its core activities and encourage new or expanded investment within the precinct
  • demonstrate environmentally sustainable design initiatives that optimise the use of resources and encourage appropriate use of the precinct’s environment
  • adopt Universal Design principles to create environments useable by all people
  • improve business, transport, retail, education, social, cultural and industry linkages and integration and support liveability, access and connectivity that is appropriate for the community
  • demonstrate use of integrated land-use models
  • have a precinct plan in place.

Applicants will be required to demonstrate the project’s ability to address each of the core Regional Infrastructure Fund (RIF) criteria outlined in the Regional Infrastructure Fund application guidelines.

Prior to submitting an application, applicants are advised to:

Step 1

Read the Productive and Liveable Cities & Centres information sheet and the RIF application guidelines carefully to establish eligibility

Step 2

Discuss the proposed application with your local RDV office

Step 3

Read the terms and conditions for the funding offered

Download Resources

Resource Download
Regional Infrastructure Fund (RIF) application guidelines (128.8 KB ) Download
Regional Infrastructure Fund (RIF) application guidelines (1.2 MB ) Download
Productive and Liveable Cities and Centres information sheet (79.8 KB ) Download
Productive and Liveable Cities and Centres information sheet (176.2 KB ) Download

Projects funded by this program

Project Name Region Year Amount Funded
Ararat Arts Precinct Redevelopment Central Highlands 2015 $5,200,000
Eureka Stadium and Sports Infrastructure - CE Brown Reserve Upgrade Central Highlands 2015 $2,500,000
Eureka Stadium and Sports Infrastructure - Eureka Stadium Upgrade Central Highlands 2015 $21,976,000
Eureka Stadium and Sports Infrastructure - Ballarat Sports and Events Centre component Central Highlands 2016 $9,000,000
May Park Revitalisation Project Wimmera Southern Mallee 2016 $312,000
Horsham North Hub Wimmera Southern Mallee 2016 $1,000,000
Latrobe Creative Precinct Gippsland 2016 $10,000,000
Warrnambool City Centre Renewal Great South Coast 2016 $5,000,000
Ballarat Station Precinct Redevelopment Central Highlands 2016 $27,720,000
Leopold Community Hub Stage 2 Project Barwon 2017 $3,000,000
Wallan Town Centre Redevelopment Project Goulburn 2017 $1,500,000
Donald Multipurpose Community Facility Redevelopment Mallee 2017 $1,000,000
  • This may not be a comprehensive listing of all announced funding through the Regional Infrastructure Fund, Productive and Liveable Cities and Centres Program Stream
  • CiC indicates the project funded amount is Commercial or Cabinet in Confidence
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