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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. 

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

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PRIORITY 1

TRANSPORT

Connectivity is a challenge for the North. Current and continuing population growth has implications for continued congestion which is severe in comparison to other regions of Melbourne and increasing public transport demand is placing pressure on the existing systems.

 

Large time spent travelling to the CBD has social and health implications and limited ability to move across suburbs results in long commutes. Connected population leads to greater access to jobs and services. 

Our advocacy focuses on:

Priority access to the North in the construction of Suburban Rail Loop 

Expanding and improving public transport including heavy and light rail and bus services

A Northern Roads Package to ease congestion caused by rapid population growth and improve connection to employment hubs

Fast-tracking development of the Beveridge Intermodal Freight Hub to best connect future industry hubs at Melbourne Airport and the Food and Beverage Hub

Fast-tracking the development of the Outer Metropolitan Ring Road Business Case

 

JOBS AND BUSINESS GROWTH

PRIORITY 2

Unprecedented population growth combined with major economic and social challenges for global and local economies continue to have a significant impact on Melbourne’s North. It is imperative that new opportunities for business and employment growth are identified and nurtured. 

A City Deal for Melbourne’s North could deliver:

Investment in Epping Export Hub

Opportunities for the Latrobe National Employment and Innovation Cluster

Access to High Speed Broadband

Nature and Arts Tourism industry development

Support for Entrepreneurs and Innovation

Development of Skills Hubs

 

CLIMATE

PRIORITY 3

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Our advocacy focuses on:

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RESILIENT COMMUNITIES

PRIORITY 4

Melbourne’s North is characterised by diversity, including in socio-economic, health and educational indicators. Our region has of disadvantage that deserve to be addressed and increased investment has the potential to influence these indicators in a positive way. Population Growth will also increase need for hospital and social services into the future, paving the way for expansion of jobs in the health sector to meet the needs of our growing and diverse community. 

A City Deal for Melbourne’s North could:

Establish connections to our environment and culture

Build Health Service Hubs and expansion of health service needs

Equal access to education at primary, secondary, vocational and tertiary levels including provision for specialist education.  

 

Challenges and opportunities

Regional Challenges

Focus of a City Deal

Investment Opportunities

  • Congestion on arterial roads

  • Inadequate public transport

  • Connectivity to jobs and access to services

  • Infrastructure to unlock land identified for major employment and housing

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Transport

DESIGN

  • Outer Metropolitan Ring Road

  • North-East Link complimentary projects

  • Airport Rail Link

  • Arterial Roads Package

  • Light and Heavy Rail

  • Beveridge Intermodal Freight Terminal

  • Suburban Rail Loop

  • Unemployment rates higher than state average

  • Workforce requirements as the economy evolves

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Jobs Business Growth

DESIGN

  • La Trobe NEIC

  • Food and Beverage Hub

  • Melbourne Airport development

  • Business Incubators

  • Arts and Nature Tourism

  • High Speed Broadband

  • Skills Hubs

  • Entrepreneurs and Innovation

  • Health and wellbeing indicators below state average 

  • Providing housing and community facilities for growing and diverse populations

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Resilient Communities

DESIGN

  • Regional trails Strategy

  • Health service hubs

  • Equal access to education

  • Urban renewal in priority areas

  • Focus on growth areas