Creating infrastructure for a better West

With several plans for development, Andrew Elsbury talks about why Melbourne’s West is a great place to live

I love Melbourne’s West. As someone who was born and raised in the Western Suburbs I can say I have seen many changes to our community over the years. Our diversity is a great asset. With each new wave of migrants, from abroad or people moving from the other suburbs, Melbourne’s West grows, accommodates and embraces, becoming a stronger, richer society.

Our diversity is also displayed at shopping centres as young families, tradespeople, office workers, pensioners and skaters gather to meet friends or do their shopping. It is the spirit of our community and the great possibilities available to us in the Western Suburbs that has caused me to call Wyndham home and raise my family here. It’s also why I am proud to represent Melbourne’s West as a Liberal Member of Victorian Parliament.

Melbourne’s West has seen other changes too. Over the last decade we have seen Melbourne’s West grow from largely industrial zones to a vibrant collection of communities, communities that require services and connections.

That’s why as a member of the Coalition Government I am committed to seeing improved planning and delivery of government services across the West.
We are investing $900million in rail maintenance to improve network reliability and reduce delays. New trains are on the way with seven on order and a further 33 to be built in Victoria to create jobs and build the capacity of our public transport network.

Protective Service Officers are currently in training and will be deployed to train stations to protect commuters from 6pm to the last train every night.
We have reformed the growth area’s infrastructure contribution so that it will be paid by developers, not landowners, and allowing infrastructure to be built before people move in, not years afterwards.

Importantly we are working with Federal and Local governments to encourage jobs growth and have asked the Growth Areas Authority to develop a master plan for the Werribee Employment Precinct. When developed this precinct will deliver 36,000 office and commercial jobs for Melbourne’s West, getting cars off the freeways and workers back home with their families sooner.
I am proud of our community and I know the Western suburbs have a key role to play in Victoria’s future. I am proud to be able to do my bit for this fantastic community.