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Advocacy priorities

We are one of Melbourne's 10 outer 'Interface Councils', which means we face challenges such as rapid population growth, lack of infrastructure, high demand for services, social disadvantage and balancing the needs of our rural and urban areas.

Construction of the E6 Freeway

Our ask:

Construct the E6 Freeway ahead of the current proposed timeframe of 15 to 30 years.


Download the E6 Fact Sheet below

Mernda Health and Wellbeing Hub

Our ask:

Invest $755,000 to work with key stakeholders to develop a business case that includes concept designs, operational model options and governance structure; and a funding commitment to construct the facility by 2022.

Wollert Rail

Our ask:

Fund a feasibility study into how the existing rail network and any future rail projects could support a new rail line to Wollert.

Contribute funds towards acquisition of the final 14 percent of land required for the designated Wollert Rail Corridor.


Download the Wollert Rail Fact Sheet below

Mernda aquatic and leisure centre

Our ask:

A $10 million investment towards construction of the Mernda Aquatic and Indoor Sports Centre.

Mental Health Services

Our ask:

Ongoing funding to establish a permanent headspace centre in South Morang.

Allocate funding which takes into consideration population growth and the proportion of vulnerable groups at higher risk of poorer mental health outcomes.

Learn more about what is needed.

Download the Fact Sheet below

Access to 15 hours of kindergarten

Our ask:

Ongoing funding of five hours of four-year-old kindergarten per week for every child.

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Download the 15 hours of kinder fact sheet below

Social and affordable housing

Our ask:

Develop a national strategy to meet Australia's identified shortfall of 500,000 social and affordable homes.

Prioritise first home buyers over property speculators by resetting the tax system.

Implement consistent national protections for tenants.

Immediate relief for people in rental stress by increasing Commonwealth Rent Assistance.

A bipartisan national plan to end homelessness by 2030.

Sign the petition online.

Jobs and business growth for Melbourne's North

Our ask:

Commit to infrastructure spending to allow Melbourne's North to reach its economic potential as identified in Melbourne's North Regional Investment Strategy.

Encourage growth in the key areas identified for Melbourne's North, which includes Banyule, Darebin, Hume, Moreland, Whittlesea and Nillumbik.

Support for people seeking asylum

Our ask:

Reverse the current policy on the Status Resolution Support Service (SRSS) for people seeking asylum in the community and reinstate the previous eligibility criteria.

Sign the petition online.

Energy performance of residential housing

Our ask:

Increase minimum energy performance standards as part of the 2022 review of the National Construction Code.

Establish a trajectory towards zero energy and carbon ready homes.

Commit to a range of initiatives to improve the performance of existing housing.

Online gambling reforms

Our ask:

Remove sports gambling advertisements from television, radio and online during children's viewing times.