Activities and Achievements in 2008-09 (Year 2)
In our second year of operation LeadWest undertook
activities that would contribute to achievement of goals set out in
Western Agenda Thread
|Thread 1 Education and Skills
- Connecting with Local Learning and Employment Networks and
working cooperatively with them to better understand the education
and skills opportunities and challenges in Melbourne's west.
- Preparing for a Regional Education and Skills Forum.
- Advocating for Australian Government funding for Trade Training
Centres in the region.
Thread 2 Productive Economy
- Connecting with leaders of businesses in Melbourne's west and
economic development professionals throughout the region.
- Meeting with Victoria's Minister for Industry and Trade and
Minister for Industrial Relations.
- Advocating for Melbourne's west to be accorded Priority
Employment Area status with a Local Employment Coordinator
appointed to help our region better access the $650 million
|Thread 3 Community Wellbeing
- Connecting with a range of health sector organisations
operating in Melbourne's west and working cooperatively with them
to better understand our region's health and wellbeing
opportunities and challenges.
- Forming a partnership with HealthWest in order to take a
coordinated approach to addressing the signficant health challenges
faced by residents of Melbourne's west.
|Thread 4 Sustainable Liveability
- Working cooperatively with the Western Alliance for Greenhouse
Action (WAGA) and other environment focused organisations in
- Working with Maribyrnong City Council and WAGA to host a
Climate Change Forum that addressed international best
practice in responding to climate change.
- Participating in the grants assessment panel for the Vision for
Werribee Plains Grants Program.
- Promoting a positive image of Melbourne's West through a
special weekend newspaper feature supplement in The Age.
|Thread 5 Enabling Infrastructure
- Working cooperatively with the Western Transport Alliance.
- Briefing Victoria's Minister for Transport on the region's most
pressing infrastructure requirements.
- Lodging a submission
responding to the East West Link Needs Assessment (the
Eddington Report) that strongly advocated for duplication and
electrification of the railway line from Sunshine to Melton and the
building of new stations along that railway linme to serve the
rapidly growing population.
- Lodging a
submission to Infrastructure Australia that strongly
supported Victoria's application for Federal funding for the
Regional Rail Link project.
- Hosting a Telecommunications Forum with key speakers including
the Federal Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital
Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy, Mr David Quilty, Telstra’s Group
Managing Director for Public Policy and Communications and Ms Judy
Anderson from IBM Australia & New Zealand.
Thread 6 Experience and Enjoyment
- Connecting with a range of organisations from Melbourne's west
operating in the Arts and Culture sector.
- Producing a stylised regional
- Working with
Western Melbourne Tourism to create more opportunities for
visitors and promote more tourism in Melbourne's west.
Thread 7 Regional Leadership
- Welcoming the Western
Bulldogs Football Club into membership of LeadWest.
- Commencing participation in the Western Melbourne Regional
Development Austrelia Committee.
- Meeting with Ministers of the Australian Government and the
- Meeting with the Federal MPs representing electorates in
- Hosting a Budget Briefing Breakfast at which Ministers of each
tier of government discussed their government's budget with
LeadWest's members and guests.
- Helping prepare a report on the region's priority projects and
presenting it to representatives of the Australian Government.
Positive results for Melbourne's west, influenced in part
by LeadWest's advocacy activities, included:
Victorian Government financial support for Victoria University
to examine areas to further improve Victoria’s strong export record
and creating jobs for the freight and logistics industry.
Victorian Government commitment of $74 million for stage 2 of
the Sunshine Hospital redevelopment, including a new teaching,
training and research facility and the construction of four
Australian Government agreement to provide a $3.2 billion
funding contribution to the Regional Rail Link project.
Victorian Government commitment of $92 million to upgrade the
track and station at Laverton, enabling additional services
travelling from Laverton to the CBD via Altona, and improved travel
times and reliability for V/Line and Werribee services.
Victorian Government commitment of $363 million for the
Monash CityLink-Westgate improvement project, which includes an
advanced, high-tech freeway management system to improve the
capacity of this vital east-west corridor.
Australian Government commitment of $6 million for the councils
in Melbourne’s west, as part of the $300 million Local Community
Regional and Local Infrastructure Program.