Sustainable Infrastructure Fund

Last updated: 19 July 2021

The Sustainable Infrastructure Fund supports local governments and alpine resort management boards to use recycled materials in infrastructure projects. The fund is delivered by Sustainability Victoria, on behalf of the Victorian Government.

Sixteen local councils and two Alpine Resort Management Boards have been awarded more than $2.6 million in funding to use recycled priority materials in infrastructure projects.

Together, these projects will support up to 338 job opportunities and use 2,000 tonnes of recycled materials including glass, plastic and rubber to make roads, footpaths, outdoor park furniture, drainage and pavements.

This funding will contribute to the objectives of our $380 million Recycling Victoria policy by:

  • improving confidence in using products made from recycled materials
  • demonstrating performance of existing products and standards
  • increasing the quantity of recycled products being sold in Victoria.

Fund recipients

Alpine Shire Council

Funding: $300,000

Description: Alpine Shire Council will build a recreational trail using an asphalt product that includes recycled soft plastics, glass, toner from printer cartridges and reclaimed asphalt.

Bass Coast Shire Council

Funding: $70,000

Description: Bass Coast Shire Council will install safe and accessible seating and outdoor dining infrastructure made from recycled plastics.

Buloke Shire Council

Funding: $53,006

Description: Buloke Shire Council will redevelop a carpark using an asphalt mix that includes recycled glass and reclaimed asphalt pavement.

City of Casey

Funding: $50,000

Description: City of Casey will install recycled plastic picket fencing around a sports oval at Arch Brown Reserve.

Central Goldfields Shire Council

Funding: $70,000

Description: Central Goldfields Shire Council will install concrete pavement at a transfer station that contains recycled glass and aggregates.

Corangamite Shire

Funding: $96,925

Description: Corangamite Shire will install recycled plastic fencing posts, bollards and directional signage along a shared path.

City of Darebin

Funding: $299,580

Description: City of Darebin will upgrade a hockey field using recycled materials including rubber tyres, glass, plastic and paper.

Falls Creek Alpine Resort Management Board

Funding: $100,000

Description: Falls Creek Alpine Resort Management Board will resurface a road and carpark using asphalt containing recycled soft plastics, glass, toner from printer cartridges and reclaimed asphalt.

Frankston City Council

Funding: $300,000

Description: Frankston City Council will undertake footpath and road infrastructure works using concrete, piping and asphalt products containing recycled materials.

Horsham Rural City Council

Funding: $104,510

Description: Horsham Rural City Council will install an asphalt shared path, park infrastructure and paving made from recycled materials including plastic and rubber.

Latrobe City Council

Funding: $118,893

Description: Latrobe City Council will install an asphalt product containing recycled glass.

Mildura Rural City Council

Funding: $196,000

Description: Mildura Rural City Council will construct a carpark using a range of infrastructure products made from recycled plastics.

City of Monash

Funding: $158,000

Description: City of Monash will undertake road and cycling infrastructure works using products containing recycled soft plastics, glass, toner from printer cartridges and reclaimed asphalt and rubber.

Southern Alpine Resort Management Board

Funding: $52,594

Description: Southern Alpine Resort Management Board will install drainage piping and bin enclosures made from recycled plastic.

Surf Coast Shire Council

Funding: $86,061

Description: Surf Coast Shire Council will install recycled plastic products, including a boardwalk, decking and outdoor seating.

City of Whittlesea

Funding: $55,662

Description: The City of Whittlesea will rehabilitate pavement with foam bitumen asphalt, with the base course made from recycled materials including glass, sand and aggregates.

City of Yarra

Funding: $88,069

Description: The City of Yarra and the University of Melbourne will construct an innovative permeable pavement that is made with recycled rubber and glass.

Yarra Ranges Council

Funding: $300,000

Description: Yarra Ranges Council will undertake infrastructure works to widen the highway to access Warburton Water World using recycled rubber, glass, fibre mesh and plastic.

Yarra Ranges Council

Funding: $119,626

Description: Yarra Ranges Council will install recycled glass as a road surface treatment on two cycleways to improve safety, replacing traditional surface paint.

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Grant overview

Status: Closed

Funding available: $50,000 to $300,000

Available to:

  • Local government
  • Alpine resort management boards

Co-contribution: $1:$1

Applications closed: 3:00 pm, 8 October 2020

The fund aims to:

  • improve confidence in using products made from recycled materials
  • demonstrate performance of existing products and standards
  • increase the quantity of recycled products being sold in Victoria
  • support organisations to try new technology and processes.

Timeline

Timeline dates are subject to change.

Applications opened: 13 August 2020

Applications closed: 3:00 pm, 8 October 2020

Funded project completion: 12 months after signing the funding agreement

Due to an overwhelming response for round 1, rounds 2 and 3 will no longer proceed.

Background

Why we are providing this funding

The Victorian Government is committed to transform recycling in Victoria with the 10-year plan Recycling Victoria.

The plan supports the transition to a circular economy. To enable this, there needs to be strong markets for the materials collected and recovered.

Victorian local governments are estimated to spend over $8 billion on infrastructure projects over the next three years, which presents a significant opportunity to increase use of recovered materials.

Victorian councils are responsible for more than $110 billion in community infrastructure and assets such as roads, bridges, town halls, recreation and leisure facilities, drains, libraries and parks.

Local governments are facing the following barriers when considering using recycled materials:

  • limited understanding on the performance of products using recycled content time, money and staff resource required to find out about products and to trial them
  • limited awareness of available recycled materials, their applications and durability
  • low value materials competing with conventional materials
  • procurement policies and processes.

The Sustainable Infrastructure Fund aims to overcome some of these barriers by:

  • providing financial support to use products that meet existing standards and specifications
  • covering the cost gap of using a product with recycled content versus a product with virgin materials
  • increasing knowledge on products and materials successfully used in this program.

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