The Andrews Labor Government is ensuring sustainable growth in Melbourne’s suburbs with the creation of the Suburban Development portfolio - marking a significant change in the way government delivers services and infrastructure.
The portfolio will oversee the establishment of the Metropolitan Partnerships – one for each of the 6 metro regions of Melbourne – that bring together local government, industry and the community sector to advise on initiatives that will attract investment, create jobs and improve liveability.
The Suburban Development portfolio will establish Five Year Plans for each Region that will outline the Labor Government's approach to addressing its specific needs and facilitate cross-portfolio delivery of investments and service delivery in Melbourne’s suburbs.
The Labor Government has also established the Broadmeadows Revitalisation Board, to be chaired by Member for Broadmeadows Frank McGuire. The Board will provide advice to the government on opportunities and projects that will capitalise on Broadmeadows strengths and attract investment.
The $14.3-million Broadmeadows Revitalisation Project approved in the 2016-17 Victorian Budget is already underway to ensure state and local governments are working with the community to provide benefits to the Broadmeadows and Northern Metropolitan communities.
The Labor Government’s contribution to the Broadmeadows Revitalisation Project includes:
- $7 million towards Council’s Town Hall redevelopment
- $4 million Broadmeadows Station and Pascoe Vale Rd improvements
- $2.15 million for Meadowlink Shared Trail planning and construction
- $1 million for land acquisition
- $150,000 for loop road planning
$163 million was also announced in the 2017/18 Victorian Budget for the expansion of the Northern Hospital at Epping, significantly boosting health services for the region.
Quote attributable to Minister for Suburban Development Lily D’Ambrosio
“As Melbourne continues to grow, all residents must have affordable and reliable access to jobs, services and infrastructure, no matter where they live.”
Quote attributable to Member for Broadmeadows and Broadmeadows Revitalisation Board Chair Frank McGuire
"This initiative will help postcodes of disadvantage to again become postcodes of hope by creating opportunities to build smarter, healthier, better connected and sustainable communities."
Quote attributable to Hume City Council Mayor Councillor Drew Jessop
“Hume City Council thanks the Victorian Government for investing in our long-term vision to transform Broadmeadows into a thriving commercial, industrial and residential hub.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020