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State Government of Victoria

RDA Southern Melbourne

New_manufacturingMelbourne’s South is a diverse and widespread region, with world-class tourist destinations, major retail and commerce centres, rich agricultural land and a burgeoning residential growth corridor. It is also home to one of Australia’s major and most dynamic manufacturing hubs.

The Southern Melbourne Regional Development Australia (SMRDA) Committee builds partnerships between all levels of government, local businesses, community groups and key regional stakeholders to provide strategic and targeted responses to economic, environmental and social issues affecting Melbourne’s South.

SMRDA covers the local government areas of Bayside, Casey, Cardinia, Frankston, Glen Eira, Greater Dandenong, Kingston, Mornington Peninsula, Port Phillip and Stonnington.

The Committee has identified five priority areas for action:

  • Priority 1: Changing the shape of the region (a polycentric approach)
  • Priority 2: Improving connectivity (transport, freight, ports and high speed broadband)
  • Priority 3: Increasing skills (access to education, training and employment)
  • Priority 4: Growing key industry sectors (manufacturing, agriculture, tourism)
  • Priority 5: Building an inclusive community (addressing disadvantage).


National Stronger Regions Fund (NSRF) Round 3

Round 3 of the NSRF closeed on 15 March 2016.

Announcement of successful applications is expected in July 2016.

Not-for-profit organisations and local governments can apply for grants of between $20,000 and $10 million for capital projects involving construction of new infrastructure, or upgrade or extension of existing infrastructure. Funding must be matched, in cash, on at least a dollar for dollar basis.

Southern Melbourne was successful in Rounds 1 & 2 of the NSRF, with the Australian Government making significant contributions to 4 major regional projects:

  • expansion of the Frankston Regional Basketball Stadium ($4.95million)
  • construction of a regional arts centre at Narre Warren ($10million)
  • development of Tatterson Park Sport and Community Hub in Keysborough ($4.87million)
  • construction of a community hub at Emerald ($1.5million).

Contact details

Anita Buczkowsky
Manager Southern Melbourne RDA
Level 6, Government Services Office
165-169 Thomas St, Dandenong 3175

T: (03) 9938 0144
M: 0400 425 300

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Last Updated: 15 April 2016