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12 March 1991 - Current

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05 February 2019
ASSEMBLY Members statements Frank McGuire
Mr McGUIRE (Broadmeadows) (13:31:34): My call is for a whole-of-government response to the strategies I have provided to save billions of dollars and provide affordable housing; deliver a city deal for Melbourne’s northern and western suburbs, which will soon both have higher populations than Adelaide; provide jobs and prevent crime in the state’s poorest communities with the highest rates of unemployment and crime, especially those struggling through deindustrialisation; and coordinate priority precincts for communities that need such initiatives most. My recommendation is to expand the Broadmeadows Revitalisation Board to coordinate these initiatives locally and to help deliver business plans and budget submissions for economic and cultural development. Last year’s board included representatives from the previous departments of suburban development, industry and employment, and the City of Hume. Now is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to deliver the cultural, generational and systemic change required. Proposing and pursuing a city deal for Melbourne’s north and west adds the overarching architecture. It aggregates assets and develops opportunities anchored on two $15 billion nation-defining projects that have unity tickets: the long-awaited rail link to Melbourne Airport and the missing link in Melbourne’s road network, the north-east link. Such a city deal offers the greatest opportunity and value in Australia. Combined gross regional product of Melbourne’s north and west is almost $80 billion. A city deal would also redress inequality and the tale of two cities in the Australian government’s infrastructure disparity between Sydney and Melbourne.