08 October 2021

Tarneit residents will start to see benefits from a range of projects designed to improve public spaces and boost social connections in the rapidly growing area in Melbourne’s western suburbs.

The Andrews Labor Government is investing $2.5 million into Tarneit through the Suburban Revitalisation program with projects approved for funding including -

Tarneit Suburban Revitalisation Projects

Penrose Community Centre – Community Garden - $75,000

The project will use under-utilised parkland to create a Community Garden. 

With smaller residential lots in Tarneit (now under 400m2), limited opportunities exist for residents to have vegetable gardens at home.

The 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 community garden will be a significant gathering and sharing place for a new, emerging community and help improve food security and provide healthy food options.

The Pasifika Community Australia will be required to distribute a proportion of food grown to the community via a community market.

The project also presents an opportunity to explore synergies with Werribee South market gardens.

Background - Suburban Revitalisation Program

The Suburban Revitalisation program works with regional and local stakeholders to plan and deliver infrastructure, community development and events that promote social and economic benefits in focused suburbs across Melbourne.  

Building on the success of Suburban Revitalisation Boards in Broadmeadows and Frankston, the program has expanded with new Suburban Revitalisation Boards working in Tarneit, Melton, Boronia, Noble Park, Lilydale and Reservoir.

The Andrews Government is investing $21.25 million over two years into the eight boards through the 2020-21 State Budget.  

The Victorian Government is committed to encouraging suburban revitalisation as a way of strengthening Melbourne’s liveability and driving economic opportunity and jobs growth close to where people live. For more information about Suburban Revitalisation go to

Quotes attributable to Minister for Suburban Development Shaun Leane

“We are backing our suburbs and investing in such projects, to make much-loved areas even better places to live, stimulate business activity and jobs growth and bring people together.”

 Quotes attributable to Tarneit Revitalisation Board Chair and Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly

”This fantastic project will create a vibrant space where the community can come together”