Advocacy Strategy

One of the primary roles of Local Government is to provide leadership to the local community through advocacy.

We have recently refreshed our Advocacy Strategy 2018-21 (pdf, 9.85MB). This document outlines the key priority projects we are seeking support for over the coming years.

On our own, Council often does not have the resources or means to achieve everything we want on behalf of the community. Establishing funding partnerships with other stakeholders, including State and Federal Government, helps us to supplement your rates investment as we deliver the big projects and innovative ideas our growing community needs. It’s also part of our job – the Local Government Act 1989 describes one of the roles of Councils as “advocating the interests of the local community to other communities and governments”.

Since releasing our Advocacy Strategy 2018-21 in May 2018, we’ve been successful in achieving many of the objectives we set for ourselves, with support from our partners. We’ve recently undertaken a “refresh” of our advocacy objectives ahead of the 2019 Federal Election campaign, and for the longer term.

We hope you’ll join us as we advocate for Moonee Valley, and invite you to find out more at our Advocacy YourSay page.

Our top tier advocacy priorities are:

A station for Airport West

The State and Federal Governments have each committed $5 billion to deliver the Airport Rail Link. During the November 2018 State Election campaign, the State Government also announced its intention to deliver a $50 billion Suburban Rail Loop, linking Melbourne’s suburbs from the south-east to the west, with initial new stations proposed at Monash University, Burwood, Doncaster, Bundoora and Melbourne Airport.

Both routes are planned to pass directly through Airport West. There will never be a better opportunity to connect Airport West, Keilor East and Melbourne’s north-west to the Victorian rail network.

Visit our Your Say page to find out more about our campaign for a station at Airport West.

A new community hub for Flemington

We have a plan to build a new community hub at Debneys Park in Flemington and transform the surrounding park, creating a vibrant space for a new generation of residents.

We currently operate a range of successful social connection and job placement and career development services out of the existing Community Centre, including Flemington Works. But the current Centre was built in 1960, and is at the end of its useful life. We’re not losing the things we love – we’re updating, expanding and growing.

The proposed new Flemington Community Hub is planned to include a community hall, multipurpose meeting rooms, co-working spaces, a community kitchen and large foyer. We’re also hoping to revitalise Debneys Park over the longer-term. We’re seeking $20 million in external funding to help us deliver this exciting project.

Visit our Flemington Community @ Debneys Park project page.

An expanded mental health service for young people

By 2036 Moonee Valley will have a total population of 28,080 young people aged 12 to 25 – that’s a 32% increase on 2018.

Valley Youth’s Young People’s Survey 2018 identified that one of the key priorities of local young people aged 12-25 is mental health. While 75% of the young people we surveyed indicated that they felt comfortable talking to a health professional about their physical health, only 68% were able to say the same about their mental health, while 30% indicated they felt dissatisfied with their quality of life. These statistics demonstrate the importance of providing local mental health services which are accessible and safe spaces for young people.

One of the ways Moonee Valley is responding to this feedback is through our Thriving Minds program. Through Thriving Minds, we partner with local schools to deliver workshops to Year 10 students. The focus is a better understanding of mental health issues, building emotional resilience, and knowing where to go or who to turn to when you need support.

We’re seeking $600,000 per year to help us expand the Thriving Minds program so we’re able to offer it to more schools in Moonee Valley. We’re also advocating for a headspace clinic in Moonee Valley, and a response to the NDIS mental health gap.

A commitment to early years services

Council currently manages 14 kindergartens, and through our Central Registration Services, supports the administration of five community-managed kindergartens. 1,068 children were registered in four-year-old kinder across Moonee Valley’s services in 2018.

The Commonwealth Government provides funding to help support Universal Access to 15 years of kinder for every Australian four-year-old, but it’s administered year-by-year. If this funding disappeared, it would mean many parents would have to pay $2000 extra per child in kinder costs. We believe this funding should be ongoing, to provide security for every four-year-old, their parents and their educators. That’s why we’ve joined the I Love Kinder campaign.

We’re also advocating for additional kinder infrastructure to accommodate the introduction of universal three-year-old kinder proposed by the Victorian Government, and an expansion of the Preschool Field Officer Program for children with additional needs. Read more about our I Love Kinder advocacy here.

A greener Moonee Ponds Creek

The Moonee Ponds Creek is one of Melbourne’s most urbanised and modified creek systems. In 2011, the Planning Institute of Australia described the concreting of major sections of the Moonee Ponds Creek in the mid-20th Century as one of Melbourne’s “worst planning disasters”.

As part of our vision to revitalise the Moonee Ponds Creek, we are proposing an important symbolic project which would remove concrete channel at Brosnan Crescent, Strathmore and return this section of the Creek to a naturalised state.

You can join our campaign to revitalise the Moonee Ponds Creek here.

Increasing tree canopy

Melbourne’s western suburbs, including Moonee Valley, are experiencing rapid population growth. These areas also have the lowest tree canopy coverage in Melbourne. As the population increases, so too does pollution, heat stress and associated pressures on the environment. That’s why growing the number of trees in the west is so important.

We have a goal to increase tree canopy in Moonee Valley to 30% by 2040. To help us do this, we’re seeking a partnership between all levels of Government to combat urban heat island effect. We’re also advocating for additional funding opportunities for investment in urban greening projects.

Recently, Moonee Valley was recognised for our work in this space as the only Australian finalist in the international Wellbeing City Awards for our Urban Greening Strategy. We’ll let you know how we go!

Last updated: Friday, 5 July 2019, 10:44 PM