Wyndham has a long history of advocating for the community. Through various forums and associations with like-minded Councils within Victoria and across Australia, Wyndham has and will continue to seek the health, education and transport services that you deserve. In recent years, our advocacy has achieved many good things which are listed below.
Much more work does need to be done. With our population growing at over 10,000 new residents every year, we all need to ensure the State Government continues to build the roads, rail, schools, hospitals and Police Stations that have been planned for through the Government’s Growth plans for our suburbs.
Councillors are doing a lot of work to convince the State Government to invest more in Wyndham, but we need your help as well. Anything you can do in approaching your local Members of Parliament about these issues would be very helpful. If you wish to be more active in helping to get the services, roads, buses and trains you and your family deserve, there are a list of contacts below.
Our ‘Permanent’ Advocacy Challenge
Although Council often has to undertake investigations and actions beyond what would normally be considered reasonable; the ‘rates, roads and rubbish’ position, we need to do these things to highlight to the State and Federal Governments the dire state of our services and facilities. This is not Council’s position but your position. The State Government’s Community Satisfaction Survey shows that you have a strong desire for Council to undertake these activities, now and into the future. While our advocacy challenge is constantly changing depending on government and community views, it remains a permanent one that Council has primary responsibility to lead.
Council therefore continues to be concerned that infrastructure for Melbourne’s growing Councils is not being adequately funded by the State or Federal Governments even though they jointly set population growth policy and in the case of the State Government receive a windfall in stamp duty and sales tax on our booming residential growth which all goes into general revenue and not into a dedicated fund to support new suburbs.
Developer contributions are another source of revenue. It involves money paid by developers to both the Council and State Government when they create residential and commercial land to fund vital works supporting those estates. This money is used to build roads, bridges, train lines, parks and the like but the developers share is well below what is needed. The lack of a dedicated fund and inadequate contributions from developers is the reason why local and regional community infrastructure expected by and promised to the community is not available when needed.
One major positive coming out of the most recent State and Federal Elections is the change in approach towards the outer suburbs where there is an increasing recognition by major political parties that growth must be accompanied by timely provision of infrastructure and local jobs. An early sign from both levels of government is that this approach is striking a chord with the community.
Measuring Success Against Our Advocacy ‘Key Themes’
Community satisfaction with Council’s advocacy to support population growth has grown considerably over the current Council term achieving a solid rating above both Metropolitan and Western Region Councils.
Despite the gap between meeting community expectations with available funding and projects, there have been considerable advocacy successes across the five key themes of our strategy, as outlined below.
Traffic & Transport
- Sneydes Road full diamond interchange and upgrades to intersections on Princes Hwy approaching completion.
- Funding ($70 million) from sale of State Government land in Point Cook secured after Wyndham City and community lobbying
- Regional Rail Link (RRL) up and running with patronage on RRL and Werribee lines combined increased 20% relative to before RRL opened
- Substantial upgrades to bus services linked to the opening of RRL and significant patronage increases
- 11 minute frequency to trains during peak periods introduced in 2014 and 1 additional service per hour in the peak when RRL opened
- Successfully lobbied to secure $50 million to upgrade and duplicate Dohertys Rd in Laverton North
- Construction of intersection upgrade at Leakes and Palmers Roads after lobbying for funding and a contribution from Council’s Get Wyndham Moving campaign
- Construction has commenced on upgrades to Palmers Road south of the freeway to secure a bus transit lane and safe pedestrian and cycle access to Williams Landing station - $6.75 million project with Council contributing $3.1 million
- Successfully lobbied for funding for traffic lights at the corner of Old Geelong Road and Forsyth Road. This was in collaboration with local schools and the RACV red spot campaign
- Secured a commitment from the State Government for the removal of 3 level crossings in Wyndham (Werribee/Cottrell Street) and Laverton (Aviation Road) within 8 years, and
- Built strong partnerships with a number of agencies and advocacy organisations including RACV, VicRoads, RRL Authority, Level Crossing Removal Authority, Public Transport Victoria.
Infrastructure and Infrastructure Funding
- Secured a State Government commitment for the introduction of an interface councils community infrastructure fund and a $100 million allocation over 2 years.
- Secured $10M in Federal and State funding for Eagle Stadium.
- Secured $6.25M from Federal, State Governments and football interests (national, state and local) for upgrades to Chirnside Park
- Secured commitments to additional schools in Point Cook, Truganina and Tarneit, consistent with priorities identified in the residential growth management strategy
- Developer contributions plans for Wyndham North and Wyndham West finalised with revenues estimated at between $1.2 billion and $1.6 billion for community infrastructure in these areas
- Successfully advocated for State Government funding to upgrade irrigation infrastructure in Werribee South
- New offices established in Watton Street to promote central activities district
- Adoption of Wyndham Residential Growth Management Strategy
- Major NBN rollout across Wyndham, and
- Roll out of increased number of ADSL connections.
Education, Employment and Skills
- The completion of a precinct structure plan for the East Werribee Employment Precinct by the Victorian Planning Authority,
- Negotiations with a ‘preferred developer’ – “Australian Education City ” are well underway, and
- Assisted The Gordon Institute and Deakin University establish a presence in Wyndham.
Environment – Natural and Built
- Secured over $3 million in federal funding to upgrade street lighting, using LED lighting to reduce emissions by over 80%
- Secured $1.5 million in federal funding for environmental initiatives at the Aquapulse leisure centre and Encore Events Centre
- Rollout of recycled water to Wyndham Vale by City West Water
- Secured $500,000 in Federal Government funding from the liveable cities program to assist with master planning of 1160 Sayers Road to represent international best practice in urban design on the urban fringe, and
- Land secured for recreation trails along the Werribee River - Mansion to the Coast
Community Health, Wellbeing and Safety
- Secured funding and support from a number of state agencies for a service needs and planning study for a future Justice Precinct,
- Secured $1.5 million in funding for the establishment of an Aboriginal Community Hub in Wyndham Vale,
- Secured capital grants and extension of recurrent subsidies for 15 hours kindergarten for all 4 year olds,
- Increased Police and Public Safety Officer (PSO) numbers,
- Funding for Healthy Communities Initiative, and
- Establishment of Headspace youth mental health service in Werribee.