Council responds to federal invite to nominate projects for federal stimulus boost

Brimbank Council has responded to the Federal Government’s call for councils to nominate projects for a fast-tracked delivery program that will help create jobs and stimulate the local economy during the COVID-19 crisis, nominating 41 vital road projects for consideration.

Council has written to the Federal Minister for Infrastructure, Transport & Regional Development the Hon Michael McCormack MP, asking the government consider a variety of ready to commence road based projects in Brimbank, for support under the new ‘Land Transport Infrastructure Boost’ federal stimulus package.

Brimbank Mayor, Cr Georgina Papafotiou said it was great to see the Federal Government support in tough times and Brimbank was keen to be part of it.

‘This is a positive step by the Federal Government to counter the economic damage from the coronavirus crisis. For Brimbank it is a welcome opportunity to bring forward important infrastructure projects, and kick start the economy as we look to recover and rebuild.

‘We are keen to be part of a government-led recovery that will bring forward much-needed funding for road and transport projects across our city, and we’d be extremely pleased to have the Brimbank projects supported.

‘Bringing these projects forward would mean we can employ local people and local businesses to boost economic activity and employment – that’s good news for Brimbank.

‘Brimbank already experiences a number of socio-economic challenges across its highly diverse community and is particularly vulnerable to the prolonged COVID-19 pandemic.

‘Deploying future capital projects is important to Council now more than ever, especially as we experience rising unemployment across our state,’ Cr Papafotiou said.

The 41 projects are largely ready to commence over the next six months, and with the government’s funding have the potential to create jobs, stimulate local economic activity and improve transport outcomes for Brimbank.

The capital work projects put forward for Federal funding include the duplication of some sections of Taylors Road, construction of the Calder Park Drive Interchange (including rail crossing removal), additional lanes on Calder Hwy from Melton Highway to Bulla-Diggers Rest Road, installation of traffic signals at major intersections on Ballarat Road (from McIntyre Road to Western Ring Road), and many more road safety improvements and road rehabilitation works throughout Brimbank.

On the back of a number of Federal and State Government funding announcements, Mayor Papafotiou has written to the Prime Minister and Victorian Premier calling for them to consider supporting a number of COVID-19 Stimulus, Support and Recovery Packages to help our communities through this period.

This is part of Brimbank’s overarching advocacy to Federal and State Government for a ‘COVID-19 Economic and Health Partnership’ aimed at taking advantage of government support packages that will benefit Brimbank, including local projects such as the North-West City Deal, St Albans Health and Wellbeing Hub, Melbourne Airport Rail Link and the Home of the Matilda’s bid.