Brimbank Mayor Cr Margaret Giudice said the Paper identified issues and proposed solutions to improve transport infrastructure in and around Brimbank.
“Council is working hard to deliver an integrated network that considers all transport modes to meet current and future growth in Brimbank and surrounding areas.
“We have seen a significant increase in private cars across the West in the past 15 years – and our infrastructure is struggling to keep up, with many major arterials at capacity, and local roads congested.
“This Transport Priorities Paper will guide Council’s advocacy work as we lobby for greater investment in road, path and public transport infrastructure in Melbourne’s West.
“Council has aligned its transport priorities with the Victorian Government’s blueprint for growth, Plan Melbourne, which aims to make the 20-minute neighbourhood a reality for ‘living local’.
“To achieve this, we need improvements across all modes of transport, including roads, public transport and infrastructure to encourage people to walk and cycle,” Cr Giudice said.
Council will write to State Government Ministers, Shadow Ministers and local MPs highlighting Brimbank’s transport priorities and welcoming the State Government’s recent commitment of up to $5 billion towards the Melbourne Airport Rail Link, with a route through Sunshine.
“Council welcomes the Melbourne Airport Rail Link with a route through Sunshine – which has the potential to be a game-changer for Brimbank and the West.
“However, it is essential that there is real consultation and considered planning of the Melbourne Airport Rail Link. That’s why we’re calling on the State Government to complete an Integrated Transport Plan for Melbourne’s West,” Cr Giudice said.