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12 March 1991 - Current

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18 June 2019
ASSEMBLY Members statements Frank McGuire
Mr McGUIRE (Broadmeadows) (13:50:49): I am expecting good news soon for the revitalisation of Broadmeadows. A deal is imminent, I am informed, to pave the way for the redevelopment of the town centre and provide the opportunity for hundreds of car parks at the Broadmeadows railway station. This is part of the big picture strategy I have been pursuing long and hard to bring new industries and jobs to Broadmeadows. It has resulted in hundreds of millions of dollars being reinvested in the Ford site and a commitment from the Australian government to a city deal for Melbourne’s north and west. The impasse that must be resolved now is between VicRoads and Hume City Council on a crucial blockage to revitalisation—the loop road at Camp Road. Freeing up this land is important for economic development, unlocking the value of the town centre, providing the opportunity council wants to provide hundreds of car parks and the future of the Broadmeadows railway station. Today I have been informed that the parties are close to ending five years of dispute and announcing a deal. Redevelopment of the Ford site is also critical to delivering new industries, businesses and jobs. I am delighted that the company proposing to spend $500 million on stage 1 of the redevelopment of Ford sites was inspired to invest after attending the conference I organised in Broadmeadows last year with the Business Council of Australia: 'Leadership, particularly from Broadmeadows MP, Frank McGuire and the federal government, has helped secure the new investment and planning the region needs to thrive,’ Business Council chief executive Jennifer Westacott said … in a media release yesterday. I thank the business community for its support and will continue my strategy of collaboration between the three tiers of government, business and civil societies to deliver results where they are needed most.