Wyndham City calls for action in budget submission

By Our Reporter

Schools, roads, public transport and community safety have topped Wyndham City’s list of priorities in its official submission to the 2019-20 Victorian Budget.

The submission highlights Wyndham’s position as one of the fastest growing municipalities in Australia and calls for Wyndham residents’ fair share of funding.

Wyndham City Mayor, Cr Mia Shaw, called on the Victorian Government to address concerns raised in the submission. “We have been very pleased with the government’s willingness to listen to our concerns and their efforts to work collaboratively with us on solving issues that affect the daily lives of our residents,” Cr Shaw said.

She said that with the 2019-20 Budget set to be released in early May this year, it was time to deliver real solutions for ongoing problems.

“Our pre-Budget submission presents evidence-based solutions and I look forward to meeting members of the government to make the case for investing in Wyndham’s future in person,” Cr Shaw said.

Key items in Council’s pre-Budget submission include:

  • Fast tracking the construction of the Sayers Rd railway station in Tarneit to capitalise on the economic development opportunity presented by the successful bid for an A-League team to be based in this area.
  • Bringing forward the proposed removal of the Hoppers Crossing in line with the planned removals of the Cherry St and Werribee St crossing removals in order to minimise disruptions and delays for drivers and public transport users.
  • Upgrading several dangerous and congested road intersections, particularly Point Cook and Sneydes Roads in Point Cook and Duncans and Edwards Rd in Werribee.
  • Construction of the Ison Rd Overpass Bridge to deliver the last section of this major road connection.
  • The construction of a secondary school in Truganina as a matter of priority.
  • Construction and land acquisition for five primary schools throughout Wyndham.
  • The construction of a secondary school in Tarneit.
Community safety
  • Investment in a range of measures to address issues of youth violence and antisocial behaviour, including establishing a skilled multi-disciplinary, early intervention, assertive outreach youth team targeting young people.
  • Funding to deliver the Wyndham Justice Precinct including a new multi-jurisdictional court complex, a new police complex and a support Services Hub.
  • Delivering a Family Violence Support and Safety Hub in Tarneit in line with recommendations of the Royal Commission into Family Violence.

Cr Shaw said the funding requests included in the pre-Budget submission had been guided by significant input from community leaders and organisations. “As part of Council’s advocacy on behalf of Wyndham residents, we’ve been meeting organisations and people who work on the frontline of many of these issues,” Cr Shaw said.

“Their input has been invaluable and helped us shine a light on the most important ways the Victorian Government can project Wyndham closer to becoming a City that supports all members of the community.”

To view the full pre-Budget submission visit https://www.wyndham.vic.gov.au/advocacy


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