Frankston City Partnerships Roundtable with Anthony Albanese
Shadow Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development. Shadow Minster for Tourism.
Anthony Albanese – the federal Opposition’s spokesman for infrastructure, transport, cities and regional development – was speaking at a “City Partnerships” roundtable organised by the Committee for Greater Frankston on Tuesday 31 July when he made the announcement that a federal Labor government will build the Frankston rail extension.
Mr Albanese announced the rail extension commitment to more than 40 members of the Committee for Greater Frankston and guests at the McClelland Gallery cafe in Langwarrin to sustained applause. Attendees included Peta Murphy, state MP for Frankston Paul Edbrooke, Frankston City’s chief executive Dennis Hovenden, and Mornington Peninsula Shire’s mayor Cr Bryan Payne, councillors Antonella Celi and Simon Brooks, and CEO Carl Cowie.
This event was part of Labor’s recently announced City Partnerships policy, Mr Albanese said Labor was “committed to unlocking the potential of our cities [including outer suburbs like Frankston] by bringing together all levels of government, the private sector and community … to achieve genuine structural change”.
He said projects like the Frankston rail extension “function as a catalyst for greater economic growth”. “Importantly, it will be policy driven from the bottom up through organisations such as yours [the Committee for Greater Frankston].”
Mr Albanese said cities such as Frankston needed investment “to secure their productivity, sustainability and liveability, to ensure they continue to be places of opportunity for all people”. “Success in life shouldn’t be defined by your postcode, whether it is 3000 or 3200.”
“And what I know from my conversations with Peta Murphy [Labor’s candidate for Dunkley] over recent years and with you – councils, the Committee for Greater Frankston, local businesses and community members – is that you already have a fair idea of what you’d like to see happen in this area.
“In Frankston, genuine collaboration between many of the stakeholders is already in place. But you need a federal government that listens and provides the necessary investment to underpin your vision for this diverse and vibrant region.”
“I want to congratulate the Committee for Greater Frankston, [state MP] Paul Edbrooke, Frankston and Mornington Peninsula Shire councils, and local businesses for the work they do in engaging the community and developing a true vision for this region.”
Change of date: Anthony apologises for the need to reschedule due to a last minute unavoidable commitment and remains extremely keen to attend this event at the earliest opportunity.
New date Tuesday 31 July 2017
This week Anthony Albanese announced a City Partnerships program to foster genuine collaboration between the three levels of government to manage urban growth. He said, “Cities around the nation face a number of complex challenges including urban sprawl, traffic congestion and a shift towards greater population density.”
To launch this innovative urban planning approach Anthony Albanese will join the Committee for Greater Frankston at a roundtable discussion on our ‘City vision’ for the Greater Frankston region. Covering his governments perspectives of Frankston’s hot issues, including: access to local jobs; nurturing successful competitive industry sectors; upgrading the Frankston train line; and even our suburban car parking challenges.
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Western Port News- 17 July 2018