Altona North train station in Council’s federal election wish list

You never get anything unless you first ask is a cliché many of us know; and, it seems Hobsons Bay City Council knows what their priorities are for the federal election releasing their requests during the first week of the 2019 campaign.

Council has established its advocacy priorities for 2019, including its three top issues for federal funding;

  • Planning for Melbourne Metro 2 train line.
  • Funding for a headspace satellite for Newport Community Hub.
  • Upgrading Grieve Parade to be a preferred truck route.

The Mayor of Hobsons Bay Councillor Jonathon Marsden said Hobsons Bay faces unique challenges across the city. 

“Our city is dynamic, which we love. This also presents us with a range of challenges that need intergovernmental support, such as balancing our urban and coastal areas, growth, transport, social disadvantage, infrastructure demands and addressing service gaps,” said Cr Marsden. 

“Local government does not have the legislative ability to tackle these challenges alone. To gain momentum and genuine progress, we require strong partnerships with federal, state, regional and local sectors to meet our community’s growing needs.”

Cr Marsden said the ask for MM2 includes bringing forward the planning for the project as well as maximising resources by duplicating the Altona Loop, providing an additional link from Newport to Sunshine. 

“Our ask also includes a new station in Altona North to cater for the growing community within the Altona North Development Site, Bradmill Development and the Brooklyn Business Park. This would also provide a critical connection to the Airport Rail Link,” said Cr Marsden.

“Mental health is a growing issue for our city’s young people. Council is calling on the federal government to support a satellite headspace at Newport Community Hub, integrating a range of holistic services to ensure no young person is turned away from the support they desperately need.” 

Council is also calling for Grieve Parade to be upgraded to a preferred truck route, the extension of Grieve Parade north via Jones Road through to Market Road, the provision of freeway access ramps at Dohertys Road west of Grieve Parade, and the development of a regional freight management plan.

Both major parties are yet to respond to Council and identify any funding initiatives they are planning for the region in the federal electorate of Gellibrand seat, one of the safest Labor seats.

There are many community projects in other electorates which seem to be supported by both major parties during this election campaign, just nothing it seems for the folks of Hobsons Bay – again.

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