Victorian Planning Authority endorses big picture vision for “Postcodes of Hope”:

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Broadmeadows MP, Frank McGuire, today welcomed the State Government’s endorsement of his big picture vision, “Creating Opportunity: Postcodes of Hope”. “The Victorian Planning Authority has released its strategy for Greater Broadmeadows, which echoes many of the strategic aims and the vision I called for in the Postcodes of Hope plan I launched last year,” Mr McGuire said.

“Postcodes of Hope highlighted the assets and opportunities Broadmeadows offers for affordable housing, new industries and jobs and its blue chip infrastructure close to the heart of the world’s most liveable city,” Mr McGuire said.

The Victorian Planning Authority supports my strategy declaring: “Greater Broadmeadows will become the powerhouse of Melbourne’s north. Catalyst investments and actions will unlock development potential for growth in local employment and for diversified housing.”

Greater Broadmeadows is located at the gateway to the northern growth corridor of Melbourne, 15 kilometres and a 30 minute train ride from Melbourne’s CBD. The area features strong strategic transport connections – 8 km from the Melbourne International and Essendon Airports, adjacent to the M80 freeway, serviced by both the metropolitan and regional rail networks.

The Greater Broadmeadows urban renewal area comprises more than 1300 hectares of land including the Broadmeadows Town Centre, the Yuroke Creek corridor to the west, Western Ring Road to the south, Sydney Road to the east and Barry Road to the north.

Hume City Council is working with the Victorian Planning Authority to prepare the Greater Broadmeadows Framework Plan that will:
*  Guide land use planning and development in Greater Broadmeadows;

*  Define the key projects and infrastructure required to support sustainable growth and development;

*  Provide an improved and more certain environment for public and private sector investment to drive urban renewal and diversification in the area; and

*  Support delivery of new housing and employment opportunities and address the constraints that currently impede Melbourne.

The Greater Broadmeadows Framework Plan will guide investment and urban renewal to unlock the potential and support the revitalisation of the Broadmeadows Metropolitan Activity Centre.

The framework plan identifies five strategic outcome areas to unlock the potential for redevelopment within Greater Broadmeadows. The five strategic outcome areas are:
A.  Broadmeadows Town Centre
B.  Meadowlink
C.  Maygar Barracks
D.  Campbellfield
E.  Upfield Ford Site

This plan includes actions for each strategic outcome area that:
*  Identifies and provides cost investments for key transport infrastructure required to support better connections within the Greater Broadmeadows urban renewal area.

*  Identifies existing social and community infrastructure and examines the demands of future population in the Greater Broadmeadows area.

*  Promotes opportunities for affordable housing.

*  Improves the public realm and green local places and connections.

The Greater Broadmeadows Framework Plan will be exhibited for public comment in the coming months. Take a look at the ways in which we are responding to these challenges online at:
> Telephone: 9205 2879
> Write to: Community & Activity Centre Planning Dep’t, PO Box 119, Dallas, 3047

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