While there were some positive announcements in the recent State Budget, much needed funding for vital infrastructure for Wyndham was missed.
Wyndham City Council was pleased that the Victorian Government heard calls for the early removal of level crossings and new primary schools but was disappointed that the $50 million funding allocation for the much-needed Ison Road Bridge, as part of the Wyndham West Link, was excluded.
Wyndham City Mayor Cr Mia Shaw said that while there some great outcomes for Wyndham residents she was disappointed that many of the asks in the pre-budget submission were not heard.
“As one of the fastest growing municipalities in Australia, it goes without saying that Wyndham residents deserve their fair share of funding,” Cr Shaw said.
“Schools, roads, public transport and community safety were the top priorities that we highlighted to the State Government.”
“We’re delighted that the removal of the dangerous level crossing at Hoppers Crossing has been brought forward. We have been in regular talks with the State Government to ensure this was a priority; to improve safety and reduce congestion for residents.”
“With removal now anticipated by 2025, I’d like to thank the Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas and Member for Tarneit, Sarah Connolly for making the removal all three of Wyndham’s level crossings a priority.”
“We welcome important local school upgrades, sporting club upgrades, and a high-performance basketball hub in Werribee, all of which are vital for a growing community like ours.”
“We are also pleased to see progress being made on the Suburban Rail Loop and the Western Rail Plan and we encourage the Victoria Government to include a rail link between Werribee and Wyndham Vale as part of these projects.”
“It is however disappointing that our calls for $50 million in funding for the much-needed Ison Road Bridge as part of the Wyndham West Link went unheard.”
“Our residents in Wyndham Vale, Harpley Estate and Tarneit will have to battle traffic congestion each day for another year.”
“It’s great news that we have received funding for construction of the Wollahra Primary School in Wyndham Vale, and the Truganina South East Primary School but it’s disappointing that primary schools in Point Cook, Williams Landing, Tarneit and Werribee were not funded this year.”
“The funding for secondary schools in Truganina and Tarneit was also missed. The Truganina secondary school, in particular, is well overdue and should have been funded last year to meet population growth.”
“We will continue to advocate to the Victorian Government to include these essential funds to meet priorities and improve the liveability for our residents in next year’s Budget.”