Monday, 17 February 2020

The Andrews Victorian Government has awarded $25,000 each to the Help Himalayan Youth Foundation and Northern Blue Light Incorporated to address local crime and safety issues under the Community Safety Fund.

Mr Frank McGuire, Member for Broadmeadows, announced each community group would each receive funding for their project.

These projects are two of the 63 projects sharing in more than $703,000 in funding under the 2019–2020 round of grant allocations.

Mr McGuire said, “The Community Safety Fund empowers our communities because they are best placed to issues affecting local residents.”

The Help Himalayan Youth Foundation project is for the delivery of a multi-faceted public awareness initiative for the Bhutanese, Karen, Nepalese and Pacific Island communities residing in Broadmeadows, Hoppers Crossing and Glenroy, comprising a camp for youth leaders and production of a video to raise awareness among young people on how to improve safety at home and in their car.

Northern Blue Light Incorporated’s project is for the delivery of crime prevention education forums for newly arrived refugee communities living in Hume, Moreland and Moonee Valley to raise awareness of motor vehicle theft prevention and home safety measures.

“These projects are about community safety at the local level and giving organisations the tools they need to address the root causes of crime,” Mr McGuire said.

The Community Safety Fund provides grants for Victorian councils and community organisations to deliver projects tackling local crime issues.

Grants are provided under two streams of funding, with one for up to $10,000 for projects preventing crime in and around community facilities and public spaces, and another up to $25,000 to support education and awareness projects about home safety, personal property and theft reduction.

Since 2015, the Victorian Government has provided almost $3.7 million in Community Safety Fund grants to support 523 projects across Victoria.

The grants form part of the government’s $25 million investment in the Community Crime Prevention Program, which aims to reduce crime and its root causes.

For further information about the grants visit:  crimeprevention.vic.gov.au.


Thursday, 30 January 2020

The Member for Broadmeadows, Frank McGuire today announced the next installment in the big picture vision to revitalise Broadmeadows.

Works to deliver more than $1 million for improvements at the Broadmeadows railway station and to make it safer for passengers will begin soon.

“Broadmeadows station is the gateway to Melbourne’s north and these improvements will make it easier and safer for people to get to where they need to go.” Mr McGuire said

Broadmeadows is set to be one of the key precincts as part of the Suburban Rail Loop that will connect every major rail line from the Frankston line to the Werribee line via Melbourne Airport.

New works set to begin at the Broadmeadows station feature new streetlighting across the precinct, including along the walkway between the station and the subway entrance, new signage and updated passenger information displays to direct passengers to platforms and connecting buses.

A redesigned waiting area at the Broadmeadows station will provide a more comfortable space for passengers, particularly those catching regional and interstate trains.

The pedestrian subway will be improved with new walls and lighting and the installation of new closed circuit television cameras for better safety at night.           

Mr McGuire said he was also delighted to help secure the recent Memorandum of Understanding to unlock land in Hume Central and allow the council to push ahead with work to transform the precinct and to provide extra car parks close to the train station.

The station upgrade is part of a $14.3 million investment from the Andrews Victorian Government as part of the broader revitalisation of the Broadmeadows precinct to cater for increased population growth, and position Broadmeadows as a key hub in Melbourne’s outer north.

Work to upgrade lighting, signage and passenger amenities at the station will begin soon and is expected to be completed by the middle of the year.

The Victorian Government also co-funded the $25 million upgrade to the Town Hall Broadmeadows redevelopment in partnership with Hume City Council. As chair of the Broadmeadows Revitalisation Board, Mr McGuire said he looked forward to further collaboration and funding commitments from Hume City Council this yearin partnership with the Victorian Government.

“I’m delighted the strategy for economic development I’ve long pursued inspired a $500 million investment in the Ford Motor Company’s sites in Broadmeadows and Geelong to provide new industries and jobs as part of the big picture plan,” Mr McGurie said.


Major breakthroughs are expected to be announced soon for the redevelopment of Broadmeadows. Multi-million dollar initiatives are now coming to a conclusion after long campaigns that will set Broadmeadows up for economic development, revitalisation and jobs.

“A deal is imminent to pave the way for the redevelopment of the town centre and provide the opportunity for hundreds of car parks at the Broadmeadows railway station,” chair of the Broadmeadows Revitalisation Board, Mr Frank McGuire, said today.

“This is part of the big picture strategy I have been pursuing long and hard to bring new industries and jobs to Broadmeadows. It has helped trigger hundreds of millions of dollars being reinvested in the Ford site and a commitment from the Australian Government to a City Deal for Melbourne’s North and West.

“The impasse soon to be resolved is between VicRoads and Hume City Council on a crucial blockage to revitalisation – the loop road at Camp Road. Freeing up this land is important for economic development, unlocking the value of the town centre and delivering the opportunity council wants to provide hundreds of car parks in the heart of the Broadmeadows precinct. Removal of the Camp Road loop road will free up large areas of land in the heart of Broadmeadows vital to create new opportunities.”

“I have been informed that the parties are close to ending five years of dispute and announcing a deal,” Mr McGuire said. Redevelopment of the Ford site is also critical to delivering new industries, businesses and jobs. I am delighted that the company proposing to spend $500 million on stage 1 of the redevelopment of Ford’s sites in Broadmeadows and Geelong was inspired to invest after attending the conference I organised in the Hume Global Learning Centre in Broadmeadows last year with the Business Council of Australia.

Business Council chief executive, Jennifer Westacott, said: “Leadership, particularly from Broadmeadows MP, Frank McGuire and the federal government, has helped secure the new investment and planning the region needs to thrive.”

“I thank the business community for its support and will continue my strategy of collaboration between the three tiers of government, business and civil society to deliver results,” Mr McGuire said.

Mr McGuire said he was delighted with the multi-million dollar funding the Victorian Government is investing in the remodeled Glenroy Railway Station, which he has been campaigning for years to deliver. “This is also important for the redevelopment of Melbourne’s North and the Broadmeadows electorate.”


Monday, 1 July 2019

More Victorian communities, including Hume, will be able to showcase and share their diverse cultures, traditions and food with others, thanks to new funding from the Andrews Labor Government.

Minister for Multicultural Affairs Richard Wynne and Member for Broadmeadows Frank McGuire announced more than $885,000 to support 476 festivals and events around the state celebrating Victoria’s rich multiculturalism.

The Multicultural Festivals and Events program provides funding annually to hold sporting carnivals, cultural and national day celebrations, conferences and exhibitions.

This year’s funding for local organisations, ranging from $3,320 to $500, will support events being held between July and December, including:

  • Multicultural Youth Centre will hold the All of the US Multicultural Eid Festival in July
  • Assyrian Culture Centre of Australia will hold an Assyrian Commemoration Day in August
  • Upfield Soccer Club will hold the Refugee Girls’ Soccer Tournament in September
  • All Saints will hold the All Saints Community Got Talent in September
  • Ente Keralam Cultural Forum Incorporated will hold the 2019 Ente Keralam Sargolsavam

Children’s Festival

  • Bhutanese Community in Australia Incorporated will hold the 2019 Dashain-Tihar

Multicultural Festival in October

  • Hamro Parampara Foundation will hold the 2019 Annual General Festival in October
  • Australian Rugby League Commission initiative to hold the 2019 Harmony Cup
  • Bhutanese Nepali Ethnic School will hold the 2019 Bhutanese Dasian-Tihar Festival in


  • Parents Teachers & Friends Association of VSL Sinhalese Incorporated will hold a

Sinhala Cultural Community Festival in November

  • Melbourne Bangladeshi Community Foundation will hold a Northern Region Eid Festival

in August

  • Didi Bahini Samaj Victoria will hold the Nepali Teez Festival Women of all Cultures in


  • Assyrian Australian Social Development Club will hold an Assyrian Food Festival
  • Macedonian Australian Cultural Youth Association Incorporated will hold an Independence

Day Celebration in September

Other events around Victoria will be held, including:

  • The first year of the Nelson Mandela Decade of Peace Festival
  • A festival celebrating the establishment of Melbourne’s first mosque
  • The Pasifika Festival in Shepparton
  • A multi-faith food festival at the Great Stupa of Universal Compassion in Bendigo
  • The Taiwan Festival, the Mexican Festival and the Somali National Day Celebration.

Broadmeadows electorate

This support is in addition to the $350,000 pre-election commitment to fund 11 major multicultural events.

“It’s wonderful to see local multicultural groups get support to hold events that bring the community together – this is what Victoria is all about.”

“I encourage all Broadmeadows electorate residents to participate in one of the 487 events – particularly the local events – and enjoy Victoria’s rich diversity”, Mr McGuire said.

Supporting multicultural events is just one way we embrace our diversity, giving people from all walks of life the opportunity to experience something new and engage with Victorians of a different cultural heritage.

Victoria is one of the most diverse places in the world, with almost every second person either being born overseas or having at least one parent who was born overseas.

Victorians come from more than 200 different countries, speaking more than 260 languages and dialects and following 135 religious faiths.

More than 900 applications were submitted to the 2019/20 program.  Applications are assessed against program guidelines and considered by an independent panel, including representatives from the Victorian Multicultural Commission, Creative Victoria and Visit Victoria.

For a full list of successful applicants, visit multicultural.vic.gov.au.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Multicultural Affairs Richard Wynne

“Victoria is a proudly diverse state and our acceptance and understanding of each other’s differences has made this state what it is today.”

“Supporting these multicultural events are just one way we celebrate our heritage – and I urge all Victorians to get along to a festival near them.”