Our board has had a busy few months engaging with stakeholders and working across our region to ensure we are better equipped to handle population growth.
Prior to the election we met with both the Government and the Opposition to ensure both sides of the chamber were well-versed in the unique challenges and circumstances facing peri urban areas.
We made representations to the Hon Andrew Giles MP, then the Shadow Minister for Cities and Urban Infrastructure and now Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs in the new Albanese Government. Our board also met with the office of the Hon Catherine King MP, newly appointed Cabinet Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government to discuss existing and future funding arrangements for liveability infrastructure. In these meetings we had a wide-ranging discussion about urban growth pressures and digital connectivity.
Working at the State level, our board have met with the Hon Shaun Leane MP Minister for Local Government, Suburban Development and Veterans to discuss the Growing Suburbs Fund and the importance of funding certainty. We also made representations to the office of Hon Brett Carroll MP Minister for Public Transport, Roads and Road safety and discussed the priority road and transport issues for the region.
Our board also hosted a discussion with the Hon Mary-Anne Thomas MP Minister for Regional Development and Minister for Agriculture regarding skilled worker shortages affecting the region.
We also briefed the Hon David Davis MP Shadow Treasurer, Richard Riordan MP Shadow Minister for Local Government and Resources and Bridget Vallence MP Shadow Minister for Industry, Manufacturing and Innovation on our Pre Budget Submission, and took the opportunity to discuss urban policy and infrastructure funding at length.
We had a productive meeting with the Office of the Hon Martin Pakula MP Minister for Industry Support and Recovery, Trades, Business Precincts, Tourism, Sport and Major Events as well as the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions to discuss tourism and event recovery measures.
At a recent board meeting we met with Parks Victoria to get an understanding of the assets they manage and the funding available to them from the state government.
There are numerous issues with local parks and tracks either closed or not sufficiently maintained which affects tourism opportunities within the peri urban region and our board will be looking at further advocacy work in this area.
Looking ahead, we will be putting the case for peri-urban communities to the new Albanese Government as they formulate their new budget and portfolio priorities. With a state election looming at the end of the year, we are predicting a busy 6 months ahead to ensure the peri urban region receives the policy and funding recognition that the fast-growing fringe deserves.
Image: PUCV Delegation Meeting L to R – Cr Leaney, Cr Gamble, Mr Madden, Mr Sagona, Mr Dupe, Cr Berry, Ms Wastie, Cr Sharkey, Mr Waight, Mr Riordan MP, Cr Tessari, Mr Davis MP, Cr Stapleton