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Monday, 17 June 2019

We have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to bring new industries and jobs back to where they are needed most, the MP for Broadmeadows, Frank McGuire said today. 

The Australian Government has committed to a City Deal for Melbourne’s north-west region and hundreds of millions of dollars will be invested to redevelop the iconic Ford site in Broadmeadows, he said. “These are initiatives I have campaigned long and hard to achieve. They will accelerate growth and jobs in one of Australia’s fastest growing regions,” Mr. McGuire said.

“I invite Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, to visit Broadmeadows as a matter of urgency following his government’s commitment to a North West Melbourne City Deal. Such deals can be worth hundreds of millions of dollars and I want to fast track this opportunity. Broadmeadows is the designated capital of Melbourne’s North and we have an outstanding opportunity to revitalise this community and deliver the jobs of the future. 

The Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure, the Honourable Alan Tudge has declared: 

“A North West Melbourne City Deal would provide the platform to deliver the vision, planning and investment needed to support a fast growing population, housing and jobs, and ensure the region acts as an efficient gateway to Melbourne. The North and West regions of Melbourne are undergoing dramatic population growth, with the area expected to grow by around 460, 000 people—over 35 per cent—by 2031.

The region’s residential areas are growing and the economy continues to transition from traditional manufacturing, with exciting emerging employment clusters and industries.”

Mr. McGuire said the City Deal is even more important following the recent announcement that hundreds of millions of dollars will be invested in the iconic Ford sites in Broadmeadows and Geelong. The Ford Motor Company, whose assembly lines closed three years ago, has sold a large part of its sites at Broadmeadows and Geelong to the Pelligra Group. The company has committed an initial $500 million for stage 1 of this urban renewal project and estimates that up to 2,000 jobs will be delivered initially across the sites, mainly in technology and new businesses. The Pelligra Group’s chair, Ross Pelligra, said he was inspired to redevelop Ford’s sites after attending a conference I organised with the Business Council of

Australia, including Ford’s CEO, highlighting opportunities in advanced manufacturing, especially in Broadmeadows. 

The Australian government’s commitment to developing a North West Melbourne City Deal is vital for future planning and investment and to accelerate economic development. I first called for a City Deal in the 2016 strategy Creating Opportunity: Postcodes of Hope and have continued to campaign for this plan for Melbourne’s northern and western suburbs in the 2018 report Building Smarter Cities: Stronger Communities and as chairman of the Broadmeadows Revitalisation Board. The Andrews Government has further invested in the recent budget to continue developing a cohesive plan to strengthen Broadmeadows and the region.

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