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Don’t leave us behind: call for Federal investment in the City of Whittlesea

Don’t leave us behind: call for Federal investment in the City of Whittlesea

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

With a Federal election just weeks away, the City of Whittlesea is sending a message to local candidates – Don’t leave the City of Whittlesea behind.

Chair Administrator Lydia Wilson said Council relied on both Federal and State government funding to deliver important community projects.

“Councils have a limited source of revenue to deliver a large range of projects which impact on the daily life of people in our municipalities. We need investment from other levels of government to be able to bring projects to life,” she said.

“That’s why we’re calling on all local candidates to show their commitment to their local community by supporting important local projects.”

Ms Wilson and fellow Administrators Chris Eddy and Peita Duncan said the City of Whittlesea was campaigning for support for projects that delivered more local jobs, improved health and wellbeing and better roads, transport and connectivity.

“We are hoping between now and the election that we might hear some good news on promises to commit to these important projects for our community,” Ms Wilson said.

Council is asking the government to:

  • Invest in a state-of-the-art Regional Sports and Aquatic Facility in Mernda
  • Expedite delivery of the Beveridge Intermodal Freight Terminal
  • Fund and deliver a purpose-built Aboriginal Gathering Place for the north
  • Provide a full headspace centre in the north of the municipality to support adolescent mental health needs
  • Reinstate recurrent funding for the YFlex program to support the mental health needs of young people in the City of Whittlesea.
  • Commit to ongoing funding of $230,000 per year for local prevention of violence against women programs and family violence initiatives
  • Undertake a business case for the future E6 Freeway, for delivery by 2035.

Visit for a full list of Council’s advocacy priorities.