Social infrastructure in Melbourne's growth areas

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Why government needs to fund libraries and aquatic centres in outer suburbs

In this research report, we explore why it's important to have more libraries and aquatic centres in Melbourne's growth areas. We looked at the needs of Cardinia, Casey, Hume, Melton, Mitchell, Whittlesea and Wyndham.

Without help, these fast-growing residential areas won't have good access to an aquatic recreation centre or library in the coming years. A lack of this type of infrastructure can impact community health, education and belonging.

We look at the challenges of planning and providing social infrastructure in new suburbs. We also consider the funding and support local governments need to provide this infrastructure.

Key findings

  • To make new suburbs a good place to live, residents must have access to social infrastructure and its services.
  • A lack of social infrastructure can limit people’s participation in sport, recreation and cultural events.
  • Libraries and aquatic recreation centres have large upfront capital costs.
  • Planning for new suburbs needs to better integrate social infrastructure.


  • Fund libraries and aquatic centres in city growth areas.
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Research report