A new plan and framework formalises Council’s advocacy priorities in the lead up to the 2019 Federal election, to achieve Council’s vision for an inclusive, liveable and prosperous Brimbank.
“Brimbank Council is proud of our successes in lobbying for a better deal for Brimbank – such as the recent State Government election commitment to remove level crossings in Deer Park and Ardeer, funding of three-year-old kindergarten places, and securing a stop at Sunshine on the proposed Melbourne Airport Rail Link.
“But we need to do more – and Council will continue to advocate for Federal and State government action in order to improve quality of life across the municipality.
“As a community-first Council – we deliver a wide range of services, programs, facilities and infrastructure that help make Brimbank a great place to live, work and grow.
“But there are several areas where we can see that improvements are needed, which are beyond Council’s direct authority or which Council needs federal or state government investment to realise.
“These include the St Albans Leisure Centre replacement, transport, electronic gambling reform, education, sports facilities and unemployment and jobs – all of which either require significant investment from, or are regulated by other levels of government.
“Brimbank is a proudly diverse community, but with this comes additional challenges – including pockets of disadvantage where people experience barriers such as low income and education, unemployment and health issues.
“Many of the solutions to these problems fall outside Council’s direct responsibility, or require levels of funding exceeding our own capacity.
“It is critical that Council has a strong, considered and evidence-based advocacy position so that we can effectively advocate for the improvements and investments our community needs,” Cr Congreve said.
The Brimbank Advocacy Plan 2019 outlines Council’s proposed advocacy priorities, while the Advocacy Framework will support Council in setting advocacy priorities, and design and delivery of advocacy initiatives in the most efficient and effective way.