Brimbank will use a community vision developed through extensive community consultation as a key advocacy tool to state and federal government regarding major projects earmarked for the City.
Brimbank Council Mayor, Cr Georgina Papafotiou said the community vision clearly articulated the local community’s aspirations and expectations for how major investment should be delivered.
‘The community vision will help guide the decision making around this investment including how Council advocates to government and our own project delivery.
‘Over the next 15 years we will see unprecedented investment in our City, and this vision will help make sure that the community experiences positive outcomes during and after construction.’
The vision includes six aspirations that the community would like to see achieved as a result of investment and change:
- Inclusive and integrated transport
- Safe and accessible places and services
- High quality and sustainable development
- A thriving city
- Celebrating our cultural identity
- A green future
These aspirations are underpinned by three key community expectations:
- Effective processes for consultation and engagement – ‘ongoing conversations’
- Managing disruption and mitigating impact during construction – ‘managing change’
- Achieving good outcomes for locals - ‘local benefits’
“Through our Building Brimbank community engagement program we received over 1,400 items of feedback showing how passionate our community members are about these city shaping projects.
‘There is so much potential with these projects to enhance and improve our City, which is more than ever a priority as we prepare to recover from the impacts of Covid-19.
‘A new major regional transport hub will be built in Sunshine and three level crossings are being removed on the Ballarat and Geelong Lines and a number of station upgrades are also planned.
‘Sunshine has been identified as a Priority Precinct and a National Employment and Innovation Cluster by the Victorian Government. This means more development in and around Sunshine and St Albans to create more jobs and more services.
‘The Federal Government has also announced a North West City Deal that will include investment and development in Brimbank.
‘With all this investment in our City, this is a once in a generation opportunity to drive positive outcomes and opportunities for the current and future community of Sunshine and Brimbank.
‘Council recognises the importance of using these projects to generate new employment within Brimbank, to create a range of diverse housing options and develop vibrant and sustainable retail, cultural, recreation and entertainment areas for the community.
‘A huge thank you to the individuals, businesses and community groups and service providers who participated,’ Cr Papafotiou said.
View the draft Building Brimbank Community Engagement Evaluation Report.