Statement – Brimbank Council response to Federal Budget 2021

first_imgStatement – Brimbank Council response to Federal Budget 2021 “Council welcomes continued investment from the Federal Government for jobs, health, infrastructure and other services. We are very keen for more detail noting the Budget did not outline any specific major investment in Brimbank.“Located in the centre of the booming Melbourne west and a city included in the North West City Deal, the Federal Government should be focussed on growing our City’s infrastructure, jobs capability and education offerings.“The announcements gave no further information on the North West deal which is absolutely fundamental to the economic recovery of our region from COVID.“We certainly welcome the $1 billion expansion of the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure program and we will be keen to submit proposals once the funding opportunities become available.“It is disappointing that the urgent works needed along the Calder Corridor in Brimbank have not been further funded and we will continue to advocate for these initiatives. It is disappointing the Budget did not outline any specifics for major investment in our municipality.“We will also advocate for funding of local projects aimed at strengthening regions through the $250 million Building Better Regions fund.“We have provided the Federal Government with a list of shovel ready projects that would help economic recovery in our area and it is disheartening to see very little detail about what will be done on the ground.“Affordable housing is Brimbank is an ongoing issue and we look forward to more information about how our city can benefit from the $2billion investment in this area. Our geographic location and demographics make us a strong candidate for this this type of investment, particularly as homelessness becomes a bigger issue in our city.“The budget also included the expansion of the Local Jobs Program and we are hopeful that Brimbank will be considered for additional funding, as well as more funding for upskilling our young people through the Transition to Work Program.“Investment in Childcare, Aged Care, programs to reduce violence and Mental Health are all welcome and we, again, look forward to more detail from the Federal Government about how this investment will bring about positive change in our city. There is no doubt that these community services have been chronically underfunded and urgent reform is needed.“We are very keen to discuss the creation of a National AI centre as this sits perfectly with our vision for Sunshine as an emerging centre of research, innovation and education. There is no doubt this type of investment belongs in Brimbank.“Overall, there seems to be little detail about how funding will be allocated and where it will go.“We support the investment in a Western Intermodal Freight Terminal but we continue to express concerns about potential amenity impacts in Brimbank given the proximity of the proposed sites.“We look forward to more detail about how this budget will benefit our community and we will continue to advocate for investment in our city to unlock its potential and become the powerhouse of Melbourne’s west.” /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:affordable housing, aged care, AI, Brimbank, Brimbank City Council, community services, Federal, federal budget, federal government, Government, health, homelessness, infrastructure, innovation, Investment, local council, Melbourne, mental healthlast_img

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