City of Melton’s funding needs on agenda

The City of Melton’s urgent funding needs were a key topic with leaders and representatives from major, minor and independent political parties over the past week.

As part of Interface Week 2020, a special week dedicated to improving liveability in Melbourne’s outer suburbs, City of Melton Mayor Cr Lara Carli and CEO Kelvin Tori attended a combined seven online meetings with state politicians and representatives.

Cr Carli said the discussions were positive, and centred around the City of Melton’s unique needs as such a fast growing area.

“We took the opportunity to explain our community’s many critical and diverse needs to some of the state’s biggest decision makers,” Cr Carli said.

“Our city is one of the fastest growing in Victoria, and our need for additional infrastructure and services was a big focus in our Interface Week meetings.

“With the State Budget pending and new stimulus packages becoming available in response to the COVID-19 crisis, it was an excellent chance to put our residents’ needs on the agenda. We covered everything from public transport and roads, to health, education, and recreation.

“We highlighted how priorities such as constructing the Melton Hospital, upgrading the Western Highway, upgrading Melton Highway, and electrification of the Melton line will not only improve liveability in the City of Melton but will create long-term jobs and investment for the west.

“I’m very grateful that we received such a positive response and genuine understanding from all the representatives we met with and I sincerely hope we’ll get the support we need to deliver the exciting and urgent projects we’ve outlined.”

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