Metropolitan Partnerships To Give Communities Bigger Voice

The Andrews Labor Government has created the Suburban Development portfolio, marking a significant change in the way government delivers services and infrastructure to Melbourne’s suburbs.

The portfolio will oversee the establishment of the Metropolitan Partnerships – one for each of the six metro regions of Melbourne – which will enable communities to have a greater say about the issues that matter to them and ensure their needs are heard by government.

The Labor Government has also established the Broadmeadows Revitalisation Board – to be chaired by Member for Broadmeadows Frank McGuire – which will provide advice to the government on opportunities and projects that will focus on the region’s strengths to attract investment.

The Suburban Development portfolio will establish regional ‘Five Year Plans’ outlining Labor Government’s approach to addressing specific needs and facilitate cross-portfolio delivery of investments and service in Melbourne’s suburbs.

Minister for Suburban Development Lily D’Ambrosio said, “As Melbourne continues to grow, all residents must have affordable and reliable access to jobs, services and infrastructure, no matter where they live.”

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.

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