Advocacy Priorities 2019
Hobsons Bay faces the unique challenges of balancing urban and coastal areas, growth, social disadvantage, infrastructure demands, and lack of services. Local government does not have the legislative ability to address these issues alone therefore requires partnerships with national, state, regional and local sectors to meet the needs of our community.
The community have told Council what their key issues are and during 2019 Council will be working hard, along with the community and other stakeholders, to see change within the following key priority areas.
Melbourne Metro 2
Council is seeking the federal government to support the Melbourne Metro 2 (MM2) project and for the state government to bring forward the planning for MM2, with the plan to include the duplication of the Altona Loop and a link from Newport to Sunshine. Council is also seeking that MM2 be completed prior to building the outer suburban rail line.
Youth Mental Health - Satellite Headspace in Newport
Council is seeking funding to support the establishment of a satellite Headspace at Newport Community Hub providing an integration of resources and the expansion Council’s youth counselling services.
Grieve Parade to be upgraded to preferred truck route
Council is calling for Grieve Parade to be upgraded to a preferred truck route, the extension of Grieve Parade north to Market Road, the provision of freeway access ramps at Dohertys Road west of Grieve Parade, and the development of a regional freight management plan.
The vision for Hobsons Bay is to have an integrated, innovative and equitable transport system, providing a range of sustainable, efficient, accessible and safe ways for people and goods to reach their destination.
Creating and improving our active transport network (on-road and off-road cycling paths, pedestrian paths) increases physical activity and provides residents the option to use alternative transport to cars.
Safe road connections between neighbourhoods and to regional destinations in Hobsons Bay will generate more efficient movement of people and goods, attracting and providing links to jobs, services, and industry.
Sport and Recreation
Sport and recreation creates healthier communities, increases social connections, and builds creates economic growth and jobs. Hobsons Bay is experiencing an increased demand on sports infrastructure.
Hobsons Bay’s rich natural environment is one of its greatest assets. The area boasts over 20 kilometres of beaches and foreshore areas and is home to significant coastal wetlands, five creek systems, remnant native grasslands, and important flora and fauna habitats.
Council aims to position Hobsons Bay as a centre of cultural excellence through the delivery of innovative and sustainable programs.