Federal focus pays off for Brimbank this election

The stakes are high for Brimbank this Federal election.

Commitments from both sides of politics address some of Council’s top Federal advocacy priorities.

Brimbank Mayor Cr Lucinda Congreve said Council had advocated strongly for priority projects – including the Melbourne Airport Rail Linkwith a stop at Sunshine, a new St Albans Health and Wellbeing Hub, and desperately-needed upgrades to the Calder Freeway.

“We’ve been knocking on doors and campaigning hard in the lead up to the Federal election to draw attention to some of our top priorities here in Brimbank, and our local community has really got behind the push.

“It’s been fantastic to see commitments from both sides of politics to invest in key projects that will make a real difference to people’s lives in our community,” Cr Congreve said.

Both Labor and the Liberal party are now committed to realising the Melbourne Airport Rail Link with a stop at Sunshine, following the signing of a heads of agreement earlier this year.

“This is a fantastic result for Brimbank – with potential to deliver enormous economic and social benefits across the West – and we will continue to campaign to ensure we maximise the potential jobs, education and other benefits for our community,” Cr Congreve said.

Other Brimbank priorities have also received Federal funding commitments in the lead up to the election, such as the St Albans Health and Wellbeing Hub and the Calder Freeway.

Earlier this month Federal Labor Opposition committed $5 million towards the St Albans Health and Wellbeing Hub and an additional $1.5 million for safety and crime prevention in Brimbank.

In February this year the Federal Coalition Government announced it would provide $50 million to upgrade the Calder Freeway.

“We’re thrilled that these issues, which are so important to our community here in Brimbank, are receiving much needed attention from both sides of politics.

“Regardless of the outcome of the Federal election, Brimbank Council will continue to lobby hard for our community; and we look forward to continuing to work in partnership with all levels of government to secure real results for our residents,” Cr Congreve said.