Advocacy agenda

We actively advocate on behalf of our community to the state and federal governments and key decision-makers on a range of important issues.

We do this in a number of ways, ranging from regular meetings with our local members of parliament, as an active member of peak groups – such as LeadWest, through delegations to the Victorian and Commonwealth governments and meetings with government agencies and departments.

Working with our community and key groups we focus on identifying achievable solutions to important issues.

We have developed an Advocacy Agenda 2013-17 (pdf, 360KB) which includes objectives we are committed to focusing on over the next three years. Under each of the objectives are a range of advocacy projects.

Our agenda aligns with the key themes in the Council Plan and what the community told us as part of developing the Moonee Valley Next generation (MV2035) Community Vision.

Issues we are advocating for

We have developed a series of advocacy fact sheets that outline some of the high priority issues our community faces and how we believe these can be solved.

We invite you to have a look at these fact sheets and if you feel strongly enough about the issues make your views known to your local members of parliament.

Advocacy actions in 2015/16

As part of the Advocacy Agenda, the following projects and advocacy actions have been undertaken during 2015/16:

  • We submitted an application to the National Stronger Regions Fund in July, 2015 seeking $3 million in funding to assist in the redevelopment of the Incinerator Gallery. Unfortunately, the application was unsuccessful.
  • With the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), we advocated to the Victorian and Federal governments to maintain the quality and accessibility of NDIS services, including ancillary services such as Planned Activity Groups and community transport for Home and Community Care (HACC) and NDIS clients.
  • We advocated to the Victorian and Federal governments to maximise additional grants and new funding streams to local government in light of the introduction of rate capping.
  • We advocated to the Victorian and Federal governments to improve access to local mental health services for young people in Moonee Valley.
  • Council continued its advocacy to the State Government to consider building railway stations at Keilor East and Airport West in any proposed rail link between the Melbourne CBD and Tullamarine Airport.
    Another option proposed was to extend the Number 59 light rail route along Melrose Drive to the airport.
  • We advocated to the Victorian Government and Melbourne City Council to have the municipal boundary realigned to incorporate the Flemington Events precinct, which includes the Flemington Racecourse and the Royal Showgrounds, within the City of Moonee Valley so that it can have more control over the amenity and development of the area.
  • We continued to advocate to the Victorian Government to remove the Buckley Street rail crossing and replace it with a rail-under-road grade separation.
  • We advocated to the Victorian Government to provide a comprehensive development contributions levy scheme/framework that will support local governments to invest in community infrastructure around major developments.
  • We sought urgent support from the Victorian Government to improve the living conditions at the Flemington Public Housing estate.

More information

The following pages will provide further information about our advocacy work:

Last updated: Thursday, 22 June 2017, 1:00 AM