05 February 2022


Up to 20 local shopfronts in Melton have received a bright refresh thanks to $100,000 in funding from the Andrews Labor Government’s Neighbourhood Activity Centre Renewal Fund.

Member for Melton Steve McGhie was in Melton South today to celebrate recently completed works along Exford Road and Staughton Street in Melton South, one of two locations sharing in funding that has renewed the precinct, encouraging residents to shop locally and supporting small businesses in the area.

The Melton South retail precinct is one of Melton’s oldest neighbourhood activity centres and has been revitalised through a new public mural painted by Candela Alconada, a refresh to shopfronts and improved lighting, creating a safer environment for traders and visitors.

Over on Scott Street, a range of convenience stores, take-away food, dine-in restaurants, bottle shops, speciality retail, personal and professional services have been repainted and rejuvenated, contributing to a more positive and livelier environment.

Melton City Council is working closely with traders and supporting them as they adapt to the impacts of COVID-19. Local traders have been engaged and empowered to help shape the projects which will help attract new businesses to the area and continue to bolster the capacity of the retail strip to effectively service the Melton community.

The renewal of Melton South and Scott Street is ensuring the Melton community continues to have local access to key services, shops and amenities within a 20-minute walking distance from home.

The $3 million Neighbourhood Activity Centre Renewal Fund is providing dozens of local suburban shopping strips with grants to stimulate business activity, support local jobs and improve both public amenity and confidence to accelerate COVID-19 recovery.

The Victorian Government is working in partnership with councils to provide this much needed support to local businesses and the community.

For more information on the Neighbourhood Activity Centre Renewal Fund, visit: suburbandevelopment.vic.gov.au/grants/neighbourhood-activity-centre-renewal-fund

To find out more about the projects helping communities and businesses thrive in your local area, visit delivering.vic.gov.au.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Suburban Development Shaun Leane

“The shopfront improvements and renewal of public spaces across Melton are strengthening these important retail hubs and supporting small businesses and local jobs.”


Quotes attributable to Member for Melton Steve McGhie

“We are all living more locally as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the improvements across the Melton retail precincts are creating better public spaces for the community, while also providing much-needed support to our local businesses.”