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Advocacy

Melbourne's North

A strongly performing Melbourne’s North will have positive flow-on effects for neighbouring regions and those further afield. Ongoing investment in freight and transport infrastructure will positively impact national productivity. 

Our Community

Melbourne’s North is growing and changing. Our region comprises over one million people, with Victorian Government data indicating that this will expand to just under 1.5 million in less than 17 years. 60% of our population are of working age.

Melbourne’s North also produces $40 billion worth of goods and services every year and growing by 4.7% per annum. 

This demonstrates that any transformational investment now will support the long term needs of our community. 

We want healthy, vibrant communities, made up of people who have every chance to achieve their education, career and lifestyle goals. 

We want our residents and future residents to aim high, and know that a world class education, careers within diverse industries and safe, affordable, inclusive communities are either right on their doorstep or easy to access. 

We want to celebrate our diversity as one of our greatest strengths. 

Within the high-density inner city developments, established green wedge suburbs and new fast-growing residential areas on Melbourne’s outskirts live people from a vast array of cultures and backgrounds, offering a wide range of skills and knowledge.

We believe it is time to invest in our one million people and their future. We are committed to working with all levels of government, the private sector and our communities to ensure our communities have access to all services and are able to reach their full potential. 

Building on the momentum of Government Priorities

Our vision for Melbourne’s North is based on existing identified priorities. 

We are advocating for long-term transformational projects beyond infrastructure. Within our communities there are identified pockets of disadvantage along with limited employment access and choice. We are already working collectively with service providers to identify efficiencies, share service delivery and improve local capacity and resilience.

We are able to draw on our combined resources, experience and local knowledge to take action and fast-track initiatives that are already being considered by the Federal and Victorian Governments.

Proper investment will see the Region deliver on a range of housing affordability initiatives, both in growth areas and in-fill in established areas. There is a significant proportion of social housing located throughout the region, which presents an opportunity to redevelop underutilised stock for well designed and intergraded public and private housing. 

"We want our residents and future residents to aim high..."

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North and West Melbourne City Deal Plan 2020-2040

Victoria needs thriving and sustainable communities outside the CBD. 

 

The Federal Government committed to a North West City Deal last year and asked our community to develop a plan for what it might look like. 

 

Through unprecedented collaboration, 13 Councils represented by the Northern Councils Alliance, LeadWest, La Trobe and Victoria Universities, WoMEDA and NORTH Link have come up with a 20-year proposal for investment. 

We’re excited to put this plan forward so all tiers of government can continue to work together to ensure the commitment to a City Deal leads to investment in our region.     

 

A North and West Melbourne City Deal is critical to connect the major employment precincts across the region, build connectivity within and beyond the region, and improve economic growth, liveability, health and wellbeing.

 

For more information and to view the North & West Melbourne City Deal head to www.nwmcitydeal.org.au

NCA Advocacy Video – Transport Connectivity

A virtual illustration outlining the greater transport connectivity, ensuring access for employment, education and health. 

The NCA’s vision for the North and West Melbourne City Deal Plan focuses on linking people with jobs, health and education via investments with the potential to unlock thousands of jobs and ensure a high level of social connectivity by:
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  • Improving public transport and road networks to help grow our region

 

  • Connecting precincts and metropolitan activity centres (Broadmeadows, Beveridge, Epping, and La Trobe National Employment and Innovation Cluster) through improvements to public transport and important road upgrades. 

 

  • Providing our residents with access to major hospitals in Epping and Heidelberg, as well as La Trobe University in Bundoora.

 

  • Opening up major growth and employment areas around Cloverton/Beveridge and Wallan, providing thousands of jobs.

 

  • Further developing Epping and the proposed food manufacturing, distribution and research hub, creating more than 30,000 jobs in the next ten years

 

  • Making available high frequency bus services and the extension of Tram 86 (Plenty Road) for easier access to the La Trobe National Employment and Innovation Cluster, which is home to major universities, health and medical precincts .