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Enabling Infrastructure

The key to liveability in Melbourne’s west is managing and improving land use and transport networks to maintain the highest level of access to community, services and employment opportunities.

Investment in infrastructure supports the rapid growth occurring in Melbourne’s west. Infrastructure projects in Melbourne’s west have the potential to act as the real engines of economic growth and be the catalyst to the much needed business investment into our region and assist in improving a presently poor jobs to population ratio.

Investment in increased infrastructure will serve to support the opening up of areas which will accommodate the region’s population growth, as well as foster the development of commercial, business and employment districts in the outer suburban areas of our region.

Melbourne’s west has many transport infrastructure challenges. Principal issues include network resilience, access to and competition between ports, urban growth, and rapidly changing manufacturing, transport and logistics economic sectors. Major, urgent investment in transport infrastructure throughout the region is essential now, even without further growth. Inadequate transport infrastructure is the greatest threat to the region’s current and future economic viability, social cohesion and environmental sustainability.

There is an immediate and crucial need for development of public transport in the region. Paramount is new and upgraded rail lines for both passenger and freight, elimination of bottlenecks, higher frequencies; and significantly better bus services.

The road system in Melbourne’s west is unable to cope with the competing demands of commuter journeys, freight, logistics and through-traffic. The system is overloaded and we need a second strategic road connection to Melbourne’s east to enhance the National Freight Network and capture greater freight efficiency, enabling productivity improvements that will flow through to businesses and consumers not just in Melbourne’s west, but throughout south-eastern Australia.

Joined-up thinking

  • Better transport and communications infrastructure, particularly high quality public transport and broadband telecommunications, is vital to enable students to access university and college campuses, enable workers to travel to jobs, enable access to services and reduce isolation and poverty.
  • Better transport infrastructure will overcome gridlock on our roads, which imposes a significant cost on business, individuals and the economy.
  • Reduced dependency on cars and fossil fuels improves the environment and reduces greenhouse gas emissions, stimulates vibrant activity centres, and helps us cope with growing travel demands.


  1. Renewed and expanded enabling infrastructure in Melbourne’s west.
  2. Improved transport efficiency throughout the region.
  3. Improved public transport service levels throughout Melbourne’s west.
  4. Increased take-up and use of beneficial technologies in Melbourne’s west.

To learn more about the targets, priority actions and responsibilities for investments in Enabling Infrastructure in Melbourne’s west, please download a copy of the Western Agenda (links below).

If you would like to discuss Enabling Infrastructure with LeadWest, please contact us.

Date Name File Size
Feb 18, 2013 Western Agenda 2012-2016 Part 1 5.39 MB
Feb 18, 2013 Western Agenda 2012-2016 Part 2 8.14 MB