As the nation starts to gear up for the Federal Election, Brimbank City Council is looking for key commitments from the major parties for projects that will have fairness outcomes for Brimbank and real benefits for the West.
Council is clear on its advocacy priorities and has some big asks and expectations of Canberra; issues that are crucial to the local community.
At its February Council Meeting, Council confirmed a range of demands of the Federal Government to support local and state government efforts to build a better, stronger future for Brimbank.
It has set out its key advocacy priorities in the lead up to the election:
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- Fund the Sunshine Precinct, Superhub and Albion Station upgrades
- Fund critical infrastructure upgrades to Fix the Calder
- Declare a price on carbon pollution and other measures to combat climate change
- Drive COVID recovery outcomes, including investment in our young and vulnerable people through improved employment pathways and increased mental health support
- Get the North West City Deal moving by striking a funded agreement with all levels of government
- Protect our community from negative impacts of the Melbourne Airport Third Runway
Council will continue to lobby hard for the community and is determined to ensure Brimbank’s election priorities are heard and addressed by the Federal Government.
What Brimbank Mayor, Cr Jasmine Nguyen said:
“In the lead up to the federal election due in the coming months, we want to make sure that the Prime Minister has Brimbank on his mind and in his sights.
“Our community needs federal funding and support for a range of important issues, from upgrading Albion Station and fixing the Calder Freeway, to impacts associated with the Melbourne Airport Masterplan and Third Runway, and helping our young people build careers, and giving them a future by addressing climate change.
“This election is critical to the future of our City, so we are calling upon Prime Minister Morrison and all parties and candidates contesting the election, to pledge commitments to build Brimbank better together.
“Council has been working for years towards better outcomes across all these dimensions – in transport, health, environment and the economy. We’ve invested millions, and now we’re asking for the current and future Federal Government to come to the party and get these things done. We can’t do it alone, and our community deserves better than it has received from the Federal Government in the past.
“We’ve called on State and Federal Treasurers to contribute hundreds of millions in their upcoming budgets, and now, with an election coming, the focus is on the Feds to do their bit.”